Mood Indigo 2017 – The IIT Bombay Cultural Fest
Mood Indigo or famously known as MOODI is the annual cultural fest of Indian Institute of Technology or IIT Bombay every year. It is the largest in Asia which started in 1971 and the tradition follows up till today. This was the 47th edition of the fest and was held for a span of four days from 22nd December to 25th December, with over 1,39,000 footfalls and more than 1700 participating colleges across the country. The theme of the festival this year was “La Fëte Carniva”l. The festival was loaded with professional shows, fun competitions and events, workshops, pronites, concerts and much more. The festival was divided into a few sectors namely Pronites, Horizons, Workshops, Competitions and LYP, Events, Informals and more. The team of Mood Indigo 2017 consists of student volunteers who work for a social cause and to promote resourcefulness and imagination. The team was divided into several departments like Accommodations and Public Relations, Competitions and LYP, Creatives, Food & Beverages, Horizons & Workshops, Informals, Marketing, Media & Publicity, Pronites and Services headed by the overall co-ordinators. The Social Cause of Mood Indigo 2017 was “Swab to Save”– Stem Cell Registration Drive. However, any event is impossible without sponsors, so the few of the event associates and sponsors of Mood Indigo 2017 wereOne Plus (Title Sponsor), Powered by Nivea, Co-sponsored by Tata Tiago, Driven by Hero, Powered by MRF, Co- Presented by Shareit, Entertainment Partners- VH1, Colors, Colors Infinity, MTv Beats, Zomato (Meal partner), Pokerbaazi (Poker Partner), Bisleri (Beverage Partner), Imagica (Platinum Sponsor), Vivo Pro Kabaddi (Sports Partner), Pockets by ICICI (Mobile Wallet Partner), Nescafe (RTD Partner), Droomin.com, OLA (Mobility Partner), Timex (Time Partner), Manforce (Safety Partner), Vics (Healthcare Partner), Gaana.com (Online Music Partner), Atlas cycles, Sparx, T.I.M.E and more.
There are a very few colleges fests which work for a social cause and Mood Indigo IIT Bombay is one of those. Mood Indigo works for a social cause every year, for the betterment of the people and the society. The social cause for Mood Indigo 2017 IIT Bombay this year was “Swab to Save Registration Drive”. It was a step taken to encourage people for stem cell donation for seemingly incurable diseases like cancer and leukaemia. ‘Swab to save’ was an initiative to save a life by donating their stem cells. Like blood donation, stem cell donation also requires a match between the donor and the acceptor i.e. a DNA match, however finding a DNA match is a one in a million chance but it is necessary to expand the stem cell donors so that more and more people might find a cure to the deadly diseases.
The ‘Swab to Save Registration Drive’ was dedicated to the stem cells donation registration, and in order to expand the program over 3000 people participated in this throughout Mumbai and some other cities like Pune, Jaipur, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Delhi as well. Stem cell donation camps were conducted in several colleges of Mumbai and other cities, where swab samples were collected and the concept of stem cells was also introduced to the students.
‘Swab to Save’ was a very thoughtful and noble cause of Mood Indigo 2017 to save lives of people and to spread awareness about Stem Cell Donation, so that everyone can help people in the long-run.
EVENTS AND PROCEEDINGS
Mood Indigo 2017 was declared open with the commencement of various competitions and events, horizons and informals and certainly the pronites. The events were loaded with performances from every dimension; be it art, dance, photography, street plays, fashion shows and what not!? More than 230 events in various cultural genres were held and 200 international artists have already performed in Mood Indigo IIT Bombay. The four day carnival was a complete package with hell lot of surprises and celebrity aplenty. However the highlights of the four days events were the Art Arena, The Indian Carnival, Gaming zone, Mini golf, Archery Tag, Hexagonal Table Tennis, Twintring Cycle and many others.
The Day one of Mood Indigo 2017 included competitions and events like ‘Agaaz‘ (the street play), Speak-up, Moodling, Chef’s Corner, Mrityanjali and more. The Horizons held on Day one were the Dance Workshops, Martial Arts Workshops, Vogue (The Fashion Show), Indian Carnival Performance, Symphony Orchestra of India, Theatre Fest-Kaand, Bartending Workshops, Guitar Workshops and others. The Informals of Mood Indigo are always the most adventurous and some of the Informals for the first day were, Kabaddi, Hysteria, Casino, Boardgames Lounge, Room Escape, Ring Road, Role Playing games and Soapy Football.
What could be better than the day starting with a meet and greet with the one and only Akshay Kumar for his movie Padman’s Promotions, the cherry to the cake was when they talked about the importance of menstrual hygiene along with the director R. Balki and the real life ‘Padman’, Arunachalam Muruganantham on whom the film is based; he spoke about how Sanitary Napkins were launched in India. A talk show with the very famous comedian and youtuber MallikaDua and the Fashion Workshop with Neeta Lulla, were certainly the sparkling highlights of the day.
After the Flea Market during the evening, the most awaited performance of the day at Mood Indigo 2017 was the Livewire Nite, featuring Haken. The intension of the Livewire Nite since 2008 is to promote indie music in the country. The opening for the Haken was by the F16’s and the top three Livewire Bands. The scintillating performance of the Bands singed off the day on a high note.
Day two of Mood Indigo was full of surprises and lessons for the students as the star-cast of the movie Aiyaary with Director Neeraj Pandey and the actor Manoj Bajpayee made their way in Mood Indigo and interacted with the students about raising awareness about the services Indian Soldiers rends the motherland. The competitions and workshops which were held were the MI Idol (Hindi solo singing competition), Get Scwifty (the entertainment quiz), the Tv writing workshop, the Film writing workshop, Live Art Showcase, Talent showcase, the Theatre Fest, the Mandala star Workshop in which the participants showed their piece of art, and much more to witness. The finals of Mr. & Ms. Mood Indigo Contest were held on this day, Duet caraoke, Laser tag, Silent Disco, Crime Scene Investigation were some of the activities held on the day 2. The Fusion Nite certainly heart-throbbed the day as the audience grooved to Anand Bhaskar’s Collective which was surely a performance in itself and the performance by the Clinton Cerejo Band ft. Vijay Prakash. Their performances made the audience dive into the depths of music and the night ended on a soulful note.
Day 3 started with a sunny morning with a blend of competitions and events, workshop, informals and horizons. Among these were the Double Trouble (duet dance competition), the Poetry Slam, Arz kiya hai (Hindi poetry competition), Freestyle Football and the hip-hop dance contest was one of the major events in the dance segment. The other highlights of the day were the pillow fight, the masquerade party, Christmas eve, the Humour Fest with the outstanding comedian Sunil Pal and the “Eloquence- Can Love Happen Twice” with the famous writer Ravinder Singh. While the past two days had the Liveware and the Fusion Nites; on the Day 3 was the EDM Nite, headlined by the Bass Jackers, and the very famous young international Dj SHAAN, his electro and progressive sounds made the audience go gaga and the night ended with the bass of the music still booming in the ears of the audience. This was the most energetic nights of Mood Indigo 2017 till now.
The last day of the Mood Indigo 2017 had to be the most memorable one as the entire city was in the Christmas vibe. The finals of the competitive events were held on this day including Nrityanjali (classical dance), Beat the Streets (the group hip-hop), Radio-active (the Radio Jockey Competition), the M’Nem finals, the Mantra Finals (the Hindi rock band competition) with powerful vocals and passionate instrumentalists and all others. In the Informals and Horizons segment were the Carpool Karaoke, Food Poker and Drinking Arena, Water Fights, the Humour Fest with the very famous Stand-up comedian and youtuber; BiswaKalyanrath, the Dance Showcase, the Kutle Khan Project (a Rajasthani Folk Act) and Rishabh Sheen collaboration for the IMF and the salsa &garba at the Interactive Dance Arena and the rocking performance by the indie rock band ‘PEER’. However, the flashing highlights of the day were the first edition of the Eloquence (Mood Indigo’s brand new LIT Fest) with the Slam Poetry session with Gaurav Tripathi, YahyaBootwala and AranyJohar. The very famous and successful directors of Bollywood; Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra and MadhurBhandarkar also made their way in MoodI 2017.
How could the last day of Mood Indigo 2017 IIT Bombay end without the Popular nite, the fourth and the biggest of all the Pronites. It was headlined by none other than, the very versatile singer, composer and lyricist; Amit Trivedi, whose opening was done by Sparsh. Their performance gave MoodI 2017 the perfect ending with the audience grooving to their music; the concert was preceded by a Live Art Show by the self-taught artist; Vilas Nayak.
The La Fête Carnival of the 47th edition of the Mood Indigo- The annual cultural festival of IIT Bombay came to an end; leaving behind memories for everyone to cherish all their lives and to grow, gain and learn. The delightful ride of this festival came to an abeyance until Mood Indigo 2018.