There was a mad scramble for seats in the lecture theatre at the Indian Institute of Technology –Bombay (IIT-B) as stand-up comic, Sorabh Pant, performed his act on Monday, Day Two of Mood Indigo, IIT-B’s annual cultural festival.
“The New Year is upon us and the only thing I am looking forward to is the Kingfisher Calendar 2012,” said Pant amidst laughter.
The act was lined up with gags and parody of various topics ranging from the sex life of engineering students to how Indians messed up the original British tea. “I just loved his sense of humour and hope that the authorities don’t censor his jokes,” said Nishant Totla, 21, a fourth year engineering student. “This act has been the best thing for me in this year’s Mood-I,” said Vishal Lunker, 21, a fourth year engineering student.
Earlier in the day, Lucy Swann Trio, a Norwegian pop band, provided melodic relief to the audience. Beat-boxer Julian Sommerfelt, a part of the trio, mesmerised the audience with his skills. Beat-boxing is the art of making drumbeats and musical sounds using one’s mouth. “The show was simply amazing. The vocal, the sampling, the bass and not to miss the beat-boxing was awesome,” said Aditya Kulkarni, 20, a third year engineering student. “We have been performing in India for two weeks and this was our last gig. We were a bit tired, but the crowd filled me with energy,” said Sommerfelt.
The night saw Indian rock band, Agnee and folk band, The Raghu Dixit Project, perform at the open air theatre before more than 7000 people. “I had just heard one song of Agnee but their concert really made me their fan,” said Prakarsh Pratik, 22, fourth year engineering student.
The Raghu Dixit Project started their show with their perennial hit, ‘Hey Bhagwan’.
“The first song really set the tempo for the show,” said Abhishek Shrivastava, 21, fourth year engineering student.