IIT Bombay’s college cultural fest ‘Mood Indigo‘ is coming back for the 48th time to Mumbai and will take place during December 27-30, 2018. Touted to be India and Asia’s largest college cultural festival, its concerts have in the past featured Indian artistes including Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Amit Trivedi, Zakir Hussain and Karsh Kale, as well as prog acts like Porcupine Tree and Haken.
This year, the EDM Night will feature international DJs including Ummet Ozcan and Progressive Brothers, both known for their impressive string of dance floor hits. The Livewire Nite will feature international rock and metal bands like Leprous and aswekeepsearching. The placeholder for the Fusion Nite will be Papon whose concert will be on December 29.
The International Music Festival will feature Aditi Ramesh who is known to mix classical Carnatic music with jazz, the five-member ‘The Yellow Diary’ who blend electronic music with rock, the psychedelic 70s rock Dutch band ‘Between The Jars’, Mumbai-based Anthracite who went onto become India’s first Linkin Park tribute act in 2016, Brazillian singer and songwriter Jim Porto who combines classical music with Samba and Bassa Nova, among others.
This year’s theme is ‘A Montage of Dreams’ in which Mood Indigo seeks to provide “an unforgettable journey filled with surreal experiences, mind expanding perception shifts, and an invigoration of the wonder that is the human experience”.
The fest will also feature TheatreFest dedicated to celebrating all forms of theatre, with the lineup including “Dekh Behen” starring Mithila Palkar, Aahana Kumra among others, Vijay Tendulkar’s satirical comedy “Anji” as well as “Stand Up – a serious play about comedy”. There are going to be numerous workshops, silent concerts, dragon boat racing, UV paintball, ChoreoNite, Bollywood Dance competition, fire juggling act etc.
Mood Indigo is has been on the scene for decades now, with the inaugural edition taking place in 1971. In 2011, it entered Limca Book of Records for hosting the most number of international artists in any college fest. A year earlier, it held India’s first-ever sumo-wrestling match. Last year, it registered a footfall of over 1,41,000 in over 210 events which featured around 200 international artists.