Mood Indigo, one of the biggest college festivals in the country, drew its curtains on Sunday at IIT Bombay’s Powai campus, after four days of literary, musical events and a social campaign.
Even as the nation is protesting the increasing cases of rape and violence against women, the festival hosted an anti-rape campaign organised by Citizens Against Rapists, Molestors and Atrocities (CARMA), a social initiative.
“We wanted to reach out to the large number of college students at the festival to create awareness,” said Ashvin Mishra, 25, who had started the initiative on Facebook last month. “We took a survey of measures from students on the issue and even recorded testimonials,” he said.
This year, the festival entered the national records (Limca Book of Records) for having the maximum number of foreign artistes at a college festival. Several International bands such as Simple Plan from Canada, and Ganga Vibes from Morocco performed here.
Music composer duo Salim and Sulaiman Merchant ended the festival on Sunday night after performing their Bollywood songs. “Ever since I first attended a musical concert at Mood Indigo when I was 14, it has been my dream to perform here,” said Salim Merchant.
The festival saw several firsts this year. This was the first time that school students could participate in the spelling bee competition where IIT Chennai walked away with the top prize on Sunday.
The national quizzing competition, Nihilanth, was conducted for the first time, and the team from IIM Ahmedabad emerged as the winners. The footfall for the 2012 edition of Mood Indigo crossed 80,000.