Mood Indigo, popularly known as MoodI or MI, is the annual cultural festival of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. It is a four-day long event held towards the end of December every year. Its last edition witnessed a footfall of more than 88,000 students from more than 700 colleges from across the country. Started in 1971 by a bunch of enthusiastic IITians, Mood Indigo, now in its 43rd edition, has snowballed to become the largest festival of its kind in Asia.
Mood Indigo started back in 1971, with a low budget of 5,000, which was contributed partly by the IIT Bombay Gymkhana and the rest by advertisements in the Mood Indigo brochure. Mood Indigo as a purely student-run non-profit organization was set up in 1973. Henceforth the organization of Mood Indigo has been in the hands of the students of the institute. Mood Indigo has had a legacy of organisers that include names like Nandan Nilekani, Adil Zainulbhai, Atul Kanagat, Anand Sivakumaran, and many more.
The name Mood Indigo was inspired by Duke Ellington’s jazz composition "Mood Indigo". The organizers also have another justification to the name. “The color chosen to be representative of the Mood was Indigo — a fusion of Red and Blue. Red for the warmth and passion of an artistic adventure, blue for the originality of the rational mind, giving Indigo, the symbol of creativity and intellectualism.
Over the years, Mood Indigo has become a very prestigious platform for different competitions like Livewire, Mantra, Choreonite, Theatre Bell, Quizzing, National Debate and many more. Budding talents from all across the nation showcase their calibre in these competitions and are suitably rewarded with better learning opportunities and lucrative industry exposure through "Live your passion" or " Live your dreams" campaigns of the festival. Hence, it is not surprising that the festival has endowed spotlight to numerous prominent names like Mani Ratnam, Nagesh Kukunoor, Amjad Khan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Hrishitaa Bhatt, and Parvathy Omanakuttan. Pronites of Mood indigo have mesmerized every concert-lover of the country, without fail. Be it Simple Plan, or Karnivool or Katatonia - their concerts are engraved into hearts of spectators.Some historic events over the years have been -