Mumbai: For the first
time in its 41-year history, IIT Bombay will open its doors to
four international folk dance groups to take part in the four-day
Mood Indigo Worldfest-2011, opening here Sunday.
Teams from Indonesia, Turkey, Spain and Poland will participate in
this year's Mood Indigo Worldfest, making Indian Institute of
Technology (IIT) Bombay the only Indian campus to invite and host
foreign groups to what is now seen as a world-class festival.
Mood Indigo is the institute's annual cultural festival,
attracting over 75,000 students from approximately 500 colleges
all over the country. It is touted as Asia's largest college
It also attracts the biggest names in the world of arts, culture,
dance, singing and music who perform at the various events slated
for four action-packed days at its sprawling lake-side campus in
Powai, central Mumbai suburbs.
Poland's student group Katowice with 12 boys and 13 girls from the
University of Silesia arrived here Tuesday. It has already
performed in over 20 countries worldwide and presents songs and
dances of Upper Silesia sporting traditional folk costumes.
The remaining groups - Indonesia's IOV Indonesia Youth Section
(two boys, 15 girls), Turkey's Kleurrijke Dans (nine boys, seven
girls) and Spain's Ara De Madrid (six boys, 22 girls), will arrive
from Wednesday onwards.
Describing the motto of the festival as 'Today's Friendship for
Tomorrow's Peace', the festival's artistic director Shubhra
Bhardwaj said the Worldfest will bring the world to Mood Indigo in
an attempt to present the festival on an international platform.
"The idea of an international cultural festival is to create young
minds that transcend borders and prejudices. Mood Indigo Worldfest
2011 will become a meeting point where hundreds of young talented
individuals from many countries converge," she added.
The main objectives are to intermingle, have fun and exhibit each
country's unique culture and lifestyle, and the participants will
become ambassadors of peace.