Mumbai : At 3 pm, 17-year-old Hemant Karasala stood in the line to collect his pass he had booked over the Internet. A native of Hyderabad, Karasala had arrived in the city by noon after a 12 hour bus-ride.
“I am not exactly a regular at attending concerts. In fact, this is the first ever concert I am attending. But when I heard about Simple Plan performing at Mood Indigo this year, it was too much for me not to warrant a trip,” said the First Year Computer Science Engineering student from IIT, Chennai.
Karasala and many others of the 7000+ attendees share a similar story of devotion towards the French-Canadian rock band that was the biggest crowd-puller of the four day festivities at Mood Indigo, IIT-Bombay’s annual festival.
In its third day, students hailing from all over the country were largely impressed with the festival living up to the hype.
“I am glad Google hasn’t disappointed me this time,” said Aayushi Goyal, a student of PGDAV College from Delhi. “Along with the amazing line-up of street performers and Pronites (daily music concerts), it’s the responsive crowd that makes this festival worth the experience.”
The security concerns having peaked after the rape incident in her native city, Aayushi maintains satisfaction with the arrangements made for them at the campus. “While returning at 2 am last night, I noticed that the campus gets very desolate. That it isn’t well-lit all over isn’t very comforting either,” she said, expressing her only grudge.
Among other events lined up on Day 3, the street play event ‘Aagaaz’ received a significant response. After eliminations were conducted throughout the country, New Delhi boasted of claiming the biggest stake at the finals with six of 11 finalists coming from Delhi University. Most of the plays revolved around conventional social issues like sex education and corruption. It was the performances that stood out with their topical dialogues and energetic portrayal.
“The street theatre standards go up every year with increasing participation from all over the country,” said Sarthak Narula, representing DAV College, Chandigarh. “We have been winning the dramatics event several times since 2004. But looking at the challenge, we decided to make a foray into street play this year.”
The evening was marked by a carnival taken out by the natives of countries Japan, Italy and Sri Lanka. The participants, donned in traditional attire, waltzed in tune to their traditional instruments. Even street-artists like M Gusto joined in dazzling many by performing stunts on his ping-pong stick.
‘Serenity Peace and Quiet’
While college festivals are mostly known for their pomp and show with maximum noise-generation being the criteria for success, Mood-Indigo had a unique day-long ‘event’ called ‘Serenity Peace and Quiet’ on Day 3. It was held at the lawns of guest-house cum hostel Gulmohar that overlooks the Powai lake.
At the venue, however, all one could see was students lying on the lush grass, some sitting on the steps leading to the banks, painting the panorama. While curious visitors dropped in every now and then inquiring about what the event consisted of, the committee members present at the spot maintained ignorance.
One was left wondering if the nonchalance was intentional; perhaps, a conscious attempt to let experience take over than get stuck in defining serenity.