For the first time in over forty years, India’s biggest inter-college festival will open its door to foreign acts. This year, Mood-I, the annual four-day cultural extravaganza hosted by IIT-B will have teams from Spain, Turkey, Poland and Indonesia competing alongside their Indian counterparts. The new feature, promoted by Mood-I under the banner of Worldfest, will see around 80-100 foreign students participating in dance, music and fine arts events.
"It is very exciting for us to invite foreign teams. Every year, we try to incorporate a unique element in our fest, and this time, we’re sure Worldfest will be that special addition. Their participation will enhance the challenge in competitions. It will be interesting to see the best in the country pitted against their international counterparts," says Rohan Ambokar, core group member, Mood-I.
Touted as a huge cultural melting pot this year, special events such as a grand parade by foreign teams and exhibitions of handicrafts and artifacts from participating countries are also part of the Worlfest package. Besides, the visiting teams will conduct interactive workshops with Indian students during the festival.
A product of meticulous planning and execution, Ambokar reveals that achieving this milestone required a sustained effort over many months: "It was difficult to co-ordinate and execute, but we’d been very dedicated and are happy it materialised."
Foreign students too are looking forward to the fest, which promises to be a bigger and better affair this year, thanks to increased participation. Says Marta Pascaul, a member of the Spanish contingent, who will visit India for the first time, "We’ve heard so much about India and its culture. We are really excited to be a part of Mood Indigo Worldfest and are eagerly waiting for the fest to kick off."