Mumbai-based Shruthi Patki views inter-college competitions such as Indian Institute of Technologys (IIT) annual festival Mood Indigo as a platform to increase awareness among the youth about classical performing arts. A professional Kathak dancer who performed at Mood Indigos one-day event dedicated to the performing arts,titled Aavaig and held at the National Centre of Performing Arts (NCPA) on June 27 she believes it is a great opportunity for young artistes to showcase their talent.
Aavaig,however,wasnt limited to a showcase of classical performing arts,and included plays,film screenings and a stand-up comedy act,among others. Of these,the two theatre performances,written and directed by IIT students,were competitive while the rest were aimed at encouraging students to nurture a passion for the arts. Cultural performances are appreciated because students have a keen interest in the creative fields, says the events co-coordinator Vaibhav Antil. Mood Indigo,also known as Mood-I,has been an annual students event since 1981 although Aavaig is a more recent addition.
The two plays were of contrasting genres. The first,titled Uljhan,was a grim drama about three men in limbo after their respective deaths,refusing to move on,while the second,a comedy called Just Do It,dealt with the theme of sperm donation.
Part of the event were interactive sessions with stand-up comic and actor Vir Das and renowned adman-screenwriter Prasoon Joshi,which received a great response from the students. They sat laughing as Das painstakingly explained that Punjabi people ought not to keep pomeranians if they cannot correctly pronounce the word. Joshi,on the other hand,answered questions about his diverse experiences in the media industry,especially with regards to his involvement in the upcoming movie Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.