The second day at Mood Indigo ended with a bang as the Anand Bhaskar Collective and the Clinton Cerejo Collective, featuring Bianca Gomes, took over the stage. Mixing disparate genres of music such as Indian classical and folk with electronica and rock, they gave the audience a night to remember.
Continuing the impressive streak, day 3 saw a slew of events which ranged from pillow-fights to Israeli music shows. One of the highlights of the day was the pair of Eloquence sessions with Madhur Bhandarkar and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra on films. The discussion started off as moderator Atika Farooqui invited Madhur Bhandarkar over to the stage. The multi-faceted Bollywood personality started off the talk by touching upon the prospects of a career in film and media. He then proceeded to talk on his experiences with production houses, and of the film situation then versus now. In the round of open discussion that followed, he remarked upon the short-film scene today and ease of access to production companies. He also focussed on the importance of screening regional movies in theaters.
Immediately following this session, Farooqui called upon Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, who talked about his experiences while making superhits like Rang De Basanti, and shared interesting anecdotes which captivated the interest of the audience. He described his student days, and how his role models like Milkha Singh, continue to inspire his films. Overall, the discussion wonderfully catered to fans and Bollywood enthusiasts. The day saw some action packed performances at the finals of Double Trouble, the couple dance competition of Mood Indigo. The relentless energy of the dance performances radiated throughout the venue.
The day also witnessed the final of the MI Idol, the Hindi solo singing competition, giving the participants an opportunity to perform in front of some of the most eminent names of the music industry. The final of Aagaaz, Mood Indigo’s street-play competition, witnessed some amazing vigour in the participants’ acts. Their unwavering dedication and the countless hours they put in made the winners’ victories worth the win.
Under the International Music Festival, Sunday saw a performance by Bombay Bairag whose music, rooted in Indian Classical and Sufi traditions with a dash of western influence, mesmerized the audience. This was followed by Malabi Tropical. Hailing from Israel, their performance uplifted the spirits of the audience with their amazing fusion of Balkan music, with original gypsy melodies and Latin rhythms.
There were many workshops that gave the visitors a chance to gain hands-on experience on various artforms. Some of them were the Writing Workshop ‘AIB First Draft’ by Satyanshu Singh on screenwriting, a longboarding workshop, one on parkouring, and one on pottery. There were also colourful exhibitions of various cultural forms.
Another big highlight set up this time was a towering castle on the Gymkhana grounds built using only plastic cups by talented artist Chetan Raut, which is projected to bag world records. Author of popular love stories like I Too had a Love Story Mr. Ravinder Singh came down to the campus to talk about his experiences when he was a struggling author and when publishers rejected him, of his IT-job days, his passion to write, following the tragedy he faced in his life. This was followed by a general discussion involving fun questions about students’ love life.
One of the main highlights on Sunday was the play Ek Rupaiya. Written and directed by Nitin Bharadwaj, who was inspired from his own experiences as a child, the play was a poignant take on a boy who steals some money from a temple, and ends up in a quandary when gods themselves come down to ask him for their money. In the late evening, comedian Sunil Pal gave a rib-tickling performance at the PC Saxena Auditorium.
The day ended with the EDM Nite, where Bassjackers, the Dutch electronic music production and DJ duo, wowed the audience with their euphoric tracks. They recreated the environment of a discotheque as all the viewers were grooving to the beat. The duo was supported on-stage by SHAAN, who, at age 15, debuted at Sunburn 2010 and remains the youngest DJ ever to play at an international music festival.