Vintage cars, regal lamp-posts, Polaroid cameras and candlestick telephones were on display at the IIT Powai campus as its four-day annual cultural festival, Mood Indigo, kicked off on Friday.
The 44th edition of Asia’s largest college fest will see participation of more than one lakh students from around 1,500 colleges across the country.
Every corner of the vast campus, stretching across 550 acres, took its patrons back to the golden days. Around 800 vintage umbrellas were hung from scaffolds as part of the aerial ambience across the college campus. The set-up also included live gramophones and vintage phone booths as part of the interactive ambience. The walls of the student activity centre in the campus were adorned with graffiti including those of yesteryear’s Hollywood sensation Marilyn Monroe.
“The theme has always been a highlight at Mood Indigo. Right from May 2014, when we decided on ‘vintage’ as the theme, we had been having discussions with the core members and sponsors on the things that we could include as street ambience for the fest,” said Rucha Walwalkar, coordinator, Mood Indigo committee.
The students also scouted for more than a 100 vintage cameras that were put on display and will make one relive the era before digital cameras.
“We got in touch with a world-record holder, Mr Dilish Parekh, who has a collection of over 600 cameras dating back even to the 1890’s and requested him to select the cameras that should be put on display, himself. This will give a chance to students to look at some of the most amazing innovations in technology,” said Rishabh Gupta, another coordinator.
The organisers have included events in every genre that would interest and attract students across all spheres.
From the usual dance and music programmes, karaoke events to gaming zones, paintball, zorbing, combat games and poolside DJ wars, the fest offers something for everyone. Another interesting feature included is the Chef’s corner, an event where IITians can display their culinary skills in a cooking competition.
On Friday, popular mythological writer Ameesh Tripathi held an interactive session with students on the meaning of mythology.
The highlight of the festival continues to be the musical nights in an open-air theatre.
This year, the IITians have invited Bollywood sensation Vishal and Shekhar, Adnan Sami and Epica, a Dutch symphonic metal band among others.