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Mood Indigo at IIT Bombay

Once a year students from all over India gathered at Powai to enjoy a few days of cultural activities. Suddenly the ratio of male-female would jump from 99:1 to 70:30. Famous perfomers like Hemant Kumar, Manna Dey could be seen from the first row seats. However, it seemed to me that generally there were at least two, more like three mood indigo were proceeding simultaneously.

Westernized Crowd ("pseudo junta") Rule at Mood Indigo?

Performers like Zakir Hussain attracted almost everyone but it ws obvious that the pseudes ruled at Mood Indigo. During our initial days of IIT they were identified by senior pseudes from answers to simple questions like who their favorite singers, actors were. I proudly answered "Amitabh Bachchan" and "Paul Newman who?" and was out. Mood Indigo was the time for IIT pseudes to meet other pseudes - especially from places like Sophia College.

Asha Bhosle and R. D. Burman

Perhaps the most electrifying moments of Mood Indigo for many of us was the chance to hear Asha and RD perform live their duet "Piya Tuu Ab To Aa Jaa ...Monica Oh My Darling." Pseudes and the Ghatis had a converge point finally. Otherwise Mood Indigo, except for a few performances by industry leaders, seeemed designed mainly for Western taste.

Cricket Crowd was the Majority

During one Mood Indigo cricket match was going on between India and perhaps New Zealand. About 80 percent of my hostel (seven) residents stayed glued to the TV in the lounge while rare plays and other events were held elsewhere. Mood Indigo didn't mean much to them.