More than 20,000 people turned up on the first day of Mood Indigo, or Mood I as it is popularly called.
The three-day annual cultural festival of the Indian Institute of Technology — Bombay (IIT-B) is the largest college festival in Asia.
It usually sees a footfall of over 72,000 students from more than 500 colleges including foreign participation.
“This is the largest footfall for the first day of Mood I ever. We are expecting the numbers to beat last year,” said Aditi Jain, media coordinator, Mood I.
“This year the theme is ‘Desi Tadka’, so the whole campus has a desi feel to it from the posters to the food stalls.” Last year the theme was ‘Pirates’, based on the movie Pirates of the Caribbean.
From street magic to a Harley Davidson bike exhibition, students found a lot to entertain themselves.
The grand finale, of course, was the Asha Bhosle concert. Bhosle has come to back to perform at the IIT-B campus after almost 20 years.
She had performed at Mood I with her husband, RD Burman, in 1981 and nostalgia has pulled her back again.
While about 1,000 people flocked to the concert, the other highlight was the fashion show, Vogue.
The otherwise sombre convocation hall, where degrees are awarded to some of the brightest people in the country, turned into a ramp with pulsating music.
The theme of the show was illusions and magic.
The IIT-B team chose a Harry Potter theme to illustrate magic with death eaters and other magical creatures.
“It is just so much fun and a welcome break from all the classes.
We get to interact with so many other people and it is three days of fun,” said Divyam Goel, a third-year engineering student.