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Articles July-August 2020

Bay Owl Studios – Not Just Music by the Bay

Launched in February 2020, Bay Owl Studios was founded by Varun Parikh who is an audio engineer and had no significant musical influence while growing up. His first exposure to music came when he was in high school..... read more

Harman all the Way

India’s First Domestic Hotel Chain – the Luxurious MAYFAIR Lake Resort – hires Qubix Technologies to provide state-of-the-art, end-to-end Integration with HARMAN Professional Solutions. PT reports..... read more

ANGRIYA Cruises the Seas with Bose

Latest cruise ships are teaming with audiovisual technology designed to keep passengers awed and coming back for more. In this feature PT reports on the audio installation of one such cruise ship - The Angriya Luxury Cruise Liner..... read more

Sennheiser 75-year Milestone

June 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the foundation of Sennheiser, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of headphones, loudspeakers, microphones and wireless transmission systems. Through these 75 years, Sennheiser..... read more

Adiyogi Divya Darshanam Continues to Raise Standards

Since it’s unveiling in 2019 by the President of India Shri Ram NathKovind, the Adiyogi Divya Darshanam has enthralled spectators from across the globe. In May this year, this one of its kind projection mapping..... read more

Shankar & Siddharth Mahadevan’s Lambodara Studios

In the March-June 2020 issue of PALM Technology, PT did a cover story on Shankar and Siddharth Mahadevan’s new studio Lambodara. Here are some more images of the new studio..... read more

Acoustic and Audio System Design for Small Rooms- Part 2

In part 1 of this series we defined a small room, introduced the concept of sound waves as they relate to phase shift and comb filtering, and even touched on the Haas (precedence) effect. In this article, we will talk..... read more

IRAA 2020 Goes Virtual

PALM expo’s concern to ensure safety from ongoing pandemic mandated cancelation of the 2020 edition of PALM expo and in the best interest of the industry and business, decided not to move forward with the expo in 2020, carrying forward the show to May 2021..... read more

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It’s Showtime Folks!

Events with the use of tech today maybe a given today, but 25 years ago one man stood in the forefront of ‘Technology at Events’ Michael Menezes Chairman of Showtime and founder president of EEMA, passed away peacefully in his sleep. To me Michael was the “MasterYoda” of event technology a pioneer, a trendsetter a mentor a guide and a friend to even people who could do nothing for him. I can say I have been privileged to work this exceptional human being who has left a legion of people with his legacy.

Today the need for technology at events is growing at such a fast pace and we have to constantly keep ahead of the times but not many knew that there was a guy who was convincing his clients to use high end technology and then would push us service providers to procure them and execute them in his vision, that two decades ago even if the technology wasn’t available and neither did we have the resources to invest in them, he lead the way and invest in the mechanization himself. There was no doubt in the 90’s Showtime had the best lasers in India, they had the best access to technical knowledge and the looked the length and breath of this country to get it and if it wasn’t available they imported it.

Michael trusted his cadres only because he made great choices in people and that’s the vision of a true leader and very often he would also encourage using skill set from overseas whilst many in India opposed this as to why not give locals a chance, little did we know that we sub-consciously learnt show tech production from these individuals and there were occasions where we got a chance to prove ourselves too, he had a healthy combination of international and domestic skill set on his productions and this culture still exists today with his organization.


Michael Menezes


I have had many journeys in the field with Michael Sir and we even travelled together to Davos for the World Economic Forum and executed events in sub zero temperatures. A lot of industry people think that it is the artists who demand for the latest technology but that isn’t entirely true it’s the event managers too who are looking for the same and taking a cue from Michael spawned so many other event companies who had to play catch up to his ideas of flying cars, lasers, vivid video, surround sound, scenic design par excellence.

"Today the need for technology at events is growing at such a fast pace and we have to constantly keep ahead of the times but not many knew that there was a guy who was convincing his clients to use high end technology and then would push us service providers to procure them and execute them."

I also remember Michael encouraging me to come to his office and give his staff workshops in technology so that they could use it to their best potential. He always had a great team that focused on automation and were hungry to execute the same. So what happens when your driven on the top, it gets rubbed off to your team and they too get interested on the same and even when they move on they keep these ideologies in mind.

His legacy continues with Avik, GodBless & GodSpeed Sir Michael, you do not know how many people you have inspired.

The event industry is laden with the creative and the enterprise and there are few individuals who recognize this, we have to be grateful and we should celebrate such individuals who have married both to reproduce a great event because it pushes you to use technology to its full potential. I vividly remember we did an event for Castrol and needed 48 speakers flown in pairs in a multi-channel format, the challenge wasn’t the box count as much was the array frame count. We achieved the quantities and the results sonically and Michael just gave me a pat on my back “Lazy Catholic Boy, Well Done “and the name Catholic Boy stuck.

I could not be there for his last moments but knowing Michael he would have not wanted us to leave our responsibilities for him “The Show Must Go On” and I dedicate the best of 2020 to you, the one and only doyen of this event industry “Sir Michael” There can never be another like you!

Warren D’souza - Founder, Managing Director, & Working Member of Sound.Com
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