Moods at the Mood Indigo Festival – Day 1On December 27, 2019 by Prashen Kyawal
Concerts at Mood Indigo at each of the four nights attract an enormous number of people. The performances of various Indian and international artists take place in the open grounds of Gymkhana which is spectacular to witness. The very first day of MI’19(26th December) featured Los Angeles Mixmaster also known as “the DJ in the Chucky mask”, DJ Bl3nd for the EDM nite. He is one of the most energetic DJs known internationally and was ranked in top 100 in DJ MAG 2x. The audience danced with all their energy on his beats. His hits include Go Stupid and Xception among others which have garnered 390 millions of views on YouTube. Also, he has over 1 million YouTube subscribers and more than 4 million Facebook followers. DJ BL3ND has won legions of superfans (known as BL3NDERS) across the globe with his exuberant viral videos and electrifying live sets. The night also featured Lost Stories, Indian DJ/ producer duo supporting DJ Bl3nd. They are widely known for their official remixes for Alan Walker‘s “Faded” and “Afrojack‘s “The Spark” with prior releases on Tiësto‘s formerly owned record label Black Hole Recordings and with official remixes to songs of many prominent EDM musicians.
There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour. A day well spent is must to have a good laugh. 4 days at IIT Bombay’s Mood Indigo are guaranteed to make you collapse in laughter. Mood Indigo’s Humorfest is the perfect place to cater to your humour. Started as an initiative to encourage the phenomenal growth of stand-up comedy in India and abroad, now every year the finest comedians fly in from all parts of the globe to perform at possibly the most favourite event of Mood Indigo, the Humour Fest. It has played host to comedians like Sorabh pant, Raju Srivastava, Sunil Pal, Mallika Dua, Biswa Kalyan rath, Sumaira Sheikh and Nishant Talwar. In 2018, Performers included Abhishek Upmanyu, Kunal Kamra, Kunal Chauhan and RJ Naved. Getting bigger and better every year, this year’s performances are obviously going to set you rolling off your chair. The first day was graced by 4 pioneering women in Indian comedy who showcased stories of some extraordinary women- in a comical rather than a serious way- from across industries who have shaped their world, ensuring that their voices are heard despite trials to put them down. The next 3 days are fully packed with mind-blowing acts of the Timeliners, TVF cast, Zakir Khan, Kaamedy Inc. and Rahul Subramaniam.
Eloquence, literary festival of Mood Indigo is back with a bang in its third edition with an elite line up of people from various backgrounds who have an experience to share and a story to share. Having featured notable personalities like Kiran Bedi, Smriti Irani, Chetan Bhagat. Shashi Tharoor , P. Chidambaram, Devendra Fadnavis and Arnab Goswami in the past, this year too Mood Indigo a plethora of luminaries and big names from various spheres of life.
Day 1 witnessed the presence of renowned Indian physician turned mythologist , illustrator , speaker and author who writes on the relevance of mythology in modern times , especially in areas of management , governance and leadership. He is author of over 41 books and over 1000 columns, with bestsellers such as My Gita, Jaya Sita and Business Sutra. He spoke on the topic “ Innovation in Culture , Leadership and Indian Approach to Management”. The lineup got Bolly-flavoured with the presence of Rajeev Masand , India’s top film critic and anchor of famous show “Round Table with Rajeev Masand “ along with the gorgeous and talented actress Yami Gautam , the female lead of hit Bollywood films like Uri, Bala and Vicky Donor. Also present were renowned Slam Poets such as Jidnya Sujata , Kopal Khanna , Simar Singh , Abhishek Sinha and Kunal Sharma who mesmerized the hearts of every spectator with their thought-provoking words.
Mood Indigo is IIT Bombay’s annual cultural extravaganza. And a very important part of it, which draws in a lot of its massive crowd, is the International Music Festival, India’s oldest and biggest showcase of musical talent from across the globe. Since times prehistoric the IMF has been the Launchpad for many national and international artists, ranging from India’s Divine, The Indian Jam Project (Tushar Lull’s brainchild) to Israel’s the Malabi Tropical and Netherland’s Orange Grove. Most of the International bands touring India give their first performance at the IMF.
With an ideology of supporting and promoting quality music from all corners of the world, the IMF has, over the years, enjoyed stupendous success and massive fame. Like every year this time Mood Indigo had an impressive lineup this time.
Many international artists performed on Day 1 and enthralled the audience with their wondrous and melodious music. One of the highlights was the performance by Celetica whose mystic music of Great Highland Bagpipes with influences from Irish folk, Symphonic Metal and Classical music merged with the thundering drumsticks to create a lust for life. Taba Chake, a fingerstyle guitar player, singer-songwriter and a dreamer from a small town called Doimukh in Arunachal Pradesh captivated the audience by his unique vocals and percussive performance style.
Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life. It’s a way of celebrating the diversity and variety of the world we live in and IIT Bombay’s Mood Indigo as in each of the previous years succeeded in keeping the spirits of fashion alive with Vogue. Everybody has a different take on what fashion is to them and Vogue allowed its participants to express themselves. They had to participate in teams comprising of designers, models, a choreographer and makeup artists. Having witnessed eminent industry frontrunners like Ritu Kumar, Anita Dongre, Neeta Lulla, Wendell Rodricks and Dabboo Ratnani as judges and mentors, VOGUE has seen its participants scale grand heights and achievements, notable among whom are Miss India World 2008 Parvathy Omanakuttan and famous Bollywood actress Hrishita Bhatt. This year also, there were some exceptional performances with innovative fashion designers and poised models. The audience was also very supportive and cheerful. Apart from the cash prizes to the winner and runner-ups, the best designer was awarded an internship with India’s biggest multi-designer platform, Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop and a designer outfit collection photoshoot by leading conceptual fashion photographer Victoria Krundysheva. Moreover, the best model was awarded a portfolio shoot by India’s leading photographer Rahul Jhangiani and a guaranteed representative contract by Toabh creatives.
Mood indigo Theatrefest brings people from all aspects of the theatre under one roof and celebrates the sheer brilliance of theatrical performances. It is a platform for theatrical exchange, for presenting some of the achievements of the greatest theatre practitioners from around the world, a gathering place for students and masters, where a dialogue despite ideological, culture and language differences is encouraged. It offers an enthusiastic environment for interaction between the performers and the masses.
Day 1 : This year’s line up included a mesmerizing play ‘ Gagan Damama bajyo’ written and directed by actor-playwright-poet Piyush Mishra in 1994. It is a musical play that showcases the inspiring life of one of India’s most celebrated freedom fighters and revolutionaries, Shaheed Bhagat Singh. The play included revolutionary, passionate and gut-wrenching songs written and composed by Mr Mishra to melodically express the sentiments of our freedom struggle. The audience was filled with patriotism and a feeling of unity after watching the play.
More glimpses of the festival Day 1