Every edition of Mood Indigo (Mood-I) — IIT-Bombay’s annual cultural festival — is known to bring in some innovation or the other, and those are mostly technological. This time around, however, the change is of a different kind. With ‘Hawaiian Escapade’ as its theme, the fest has gone eco-friendly. For the first time, the core Mood-I team has made a conscious effort to make the fest a paperless one, in a bid to do their bit for the environment.
The 45th edition of Asia’s largest college fest which kickstarted from December 18 will go on till December 21 and is expecting participation of more than 1.2 lakh students from around 1,600 colleges across the country.
Every corner of the vast campus, stretching across 550 acres, has been decorated with an aim of taking its patrons on a tour of the Hawaiian island. The campus is decorated with bamboo arches, huge tikki installations to give a Hawaiian feel to the campus. “Apart from several amazing installations of Hawaiian theme, a ten-feet high sandcastle is the major attraction. The students and the organising team is putting tremendous efforts to keep it safe so that it stands till the end of the fest ,” said Ketaki Kakade, media coordinator of the fest.
To keep up with their theme, from invites and registrations to keeping participants and visitors posted about the various events, the students have embraced digital medium. “ This year we have digitized to a large extend: from having Mood-I mobile application to other social networking sites and even using QR codes. This is to cut down the usage of paper as much as we can,” added Kakade.
The festival will see competitions like Nrityanjali (The Epic Indian Classical Competition), Spectrum (UV Group Dance), Jam (Creative Speaking), Humour Us (Stand-Up Comedy), She’s Got The Look (Beauty pageant). However, as always, the music concerts are a special attraction for the visitors — especially the Popular Nite by music composer Pritam, and the Nostalgia Nite by singer Shaan. Adding to this there are performances by singers Javed Ali, Neha Kakkar, Aditi Singh Sharma, Antara Mitra, Nakash Aziz and Amit Mishra.
Apart from the wide range of workshops, concerts and celebrity performances, Mood Indigo 2015 will also see events and campaigns for social cause. Nishit Dedhia, a third year Civil Engineering student and a media co-ordinator said, “An Organ Donation Drive “Piece of Me” has been organised to increase awareness and donor registration.”
Mood Indigo started with a meagre budget of Rs. 5,000 in 1971 by a group of IIT students. Today, it is the biggest cultural festival of Asia. Over the year, the popularity, the participation and the sponsors of the festival kept growing and it has now become a massive platform for cultural exchange between colleges from across the country.