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Articles Nov-Dec 2022

Dialing it up: Ashish Saksena on how Monitor Mixing can Elevate a PerformanceNew!

What does it take to create a technically accurate monitor mix and put the stage performance on a pedestal? Ashish Saksena, Live Sound Engineer for Shankar Ehsaan Loy & Late KK, spills the beans on crafting a good monitor mix in PALM + AV-ICN conference session titled, 'How Good Monitor Mixing Can Boost A Performance.'read more

Articles Nov-Dec 2022

Revisiting Guwahati's Glorious Past: Tricolor India Schauspiel Delivers Assam's First 3D Projection Mapping at Gandhi Mandap Memorial MuseumNew!

PALM + AV-ICN spoke to Himanshu Singh Sabharwal, Creative Director, Tricolor India Schauspiel, to explore how the company illuminated The Ray of the East at Gandhi Mandap Memorial Museum to celebrate Assam's history, heritage, and culture at its finest.read more

Articles Nov-Dec 2022

Indian AV Specialist Certification CourseNew!

The AV Industry participated in CAVS first two course editions in Mumbai. Third CAVS course is scheduled to be held in Ahmedabad in March 2023. PALM AV-ICN magazine interviewed the promoter and founder of CAVS in India, Anil Chopra to understand the credibility, validity and legitimacy of AV-ICN's CAVS certification.read more

Articles Nov-Dec 2022

Are Lamp Projectors Slowly Becoming Obsolete?New!

Gone are the days of worrying about the lamp projector fizzling out, requiring bi-annual lamp replacement. With lamp-free projectors, LED projectors, and laser projectors, the time has come for uninterrupted projection to crystallize. But, does that mean no one needs a lamp projectors anymore? In this article, Pooja Shah, Editorial Assistant, PALM + AV-ICN, reports on the viability of a lamp projector.read more

Articles Sep-Oct 2022

Compass Box Studio's Raag Sethi Elevates His Recordings with Audient iD14 and ASP800 New!

Ahmedabad-based Raag Sethi is a man of many talents. He is a music producer, a music composer, an engineer, bassist, and guitarist with his own studio, named Compass Box Studio. Having collaborated on one-take, live sessions with renowned artists, musicians, and labels, Raag Sethi understands the gravitas behind working with the best-in-class sound equipment. read more

Articles Sep-Oct 2022

In Conversation with Krishna Tripathi, NEC at InfoComm India 2022 New!

Krishna Tripathi, General Manager, Display Solutions, NEC Corporation India Private Limited, joins Anil Chopra, Founding Director, PALM AV-ICN, for a quick conversation, where he talks about fail-safe display solutions for mission-critical applications, the rise of Micro LED and DVLED, and the revolutionary products on display at the NEC Booth at InfoComm India 2022. read more

Articles Sep-Oct 2022

Colour And Sound As Healing New!

How is the New Normal treating you? How different is yours from your Old Normal? Crazier and more stressful? It's said that if you have a normal life, 30 minutes of meditation and self-reflection is a healthy tonic. If, however you are super busy and lead particularly stressful lives, you need at least 60 minutes of the same. To uncross the tangled wires and cluttered messages inside your head. On one side they tell me that if you don't sleep enough - you will die. Now another hour wasted on meditation. Tell that to my boss / client who demands 25 hours a day.read more

Articles Sep-Oct 2022

Sound, Uninterrupted Six Pendant Speakers to invest in this yearNew!

From Yamaha to JBL and Extron to Bose, pendant speakers have reimagined, restructured, and revolutionized sound in commercial spaces. PALM AV-ICN reports on the six investment-worthy pendant speakers from the AV industry.read more

Articles Sept-Oct 2022

Roger Drego on Creating Fail-Proof Sound for Mega Live Events New!

In a session titled 'Performance Guarantee of Mega Scale Live Sound Projects', Roger Drego, Managing Director, Electrocraft, took to the stage at PALM Conference 2022 to share invaluable challenges and insights with regards to guaranteeing fail-proof sound reinforcement during showtime. read more

Articles Sept-Oct 2022

Bringing Futuristic AV Ideas To Life New!

MMRDA, responsible for promoting, monitoring, and developing various sectors in Maharashtra, including, but not limited to transport, housing, water supply and more, entrusted EYTE to revamp and upgrade Wadala Monorail Depot's Boardroom with state-of-the-art AV infrastructure. Abdul Waheed, Managing Director, EYTE Technologies Pvt Ltd, in conversation with PALM Technology, reveals how his team transformed the visage and acoustics of the boardroom and managed to execute the impossible feat in a matter of seven days. read more

Articles Sept-Oct 2022

Exploring the Dynamics of India's Pro AV market with Renkus-HeinzNew!

Renkus-Heinz is a professional loudspeaker company known for its innovative technology that redefines sound to empower its audience. PALM+AV-ICN got in touch with Karan Kathuria, Renkus-Heinz's Director of Sales and Business Development, Asia, Oceania and SAARC, to learn more about the company's plans for India and its strategy to stimulate growth across different verticals.read more

Articles Sept-Oct 2022

7 New Trends in AV Conferencing to look out for this year New!

From augmented meetings and interactive whiteboards to LED video walls and seamless acoustics - Pooja Shah, Editorial Assistant at PALM AV-ICN, reports a comprehensive roundup of the biggest AV conferencing trends to keep an eye out for in 2022. read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

IRAA 2021 Winners Felicitation New!

The IRAA 2021 winners were felicitated at the PALM expo on 28th May 2022 in the presence of Jury members. Check out the pics here. Nominations for IRAA 2022 close on 30th October so hurry and send in your nominations now! read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

PALM AV-ICN Expo 2022 - Glimpses & HighlightsNew!

The PALM AV-ICN Expo 2022, held from May 26 - May 28, 2022 at Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, witnessed 20,000+ unique visitors from the world of pro audio, display, lighting, and integration. Take a look at the three-day expo's glimpses. read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

HARMAN Live Arena dazzles with a range of latest audio and lighting gearNew!

The HARMAN Live Arena one of the most popular demo features at the PALM Expo entered its 11th year. The Live Arena facilitates live demonstrations of advanced sound and lighting systems, through three-day live musical performances, featuring popular and budding artists and bands from the country's independent music scene.read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

CAVS (Certified AV Specialist) Course returns for its second consecutive editionNew!

The ethos of CAVS is to provide an independent neutral education forum suited to Indian AV ecosystem to gain their commitment to a future career in AV as a technician and join an integration team on par. AV professionals in India were imparted basic knowledge of AV from May 26 - May 28, 2022 at the CAVS three-day training.read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

PALM AV-ICN Conference & SeminarNew!

Curated by PALM AV-ICN magazine, the PALM Conference & Seminar was the optimum learning and networking platform for attendees, where the best talent and top-notch professionals from the country shared their expertise, skills and knowledge. read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

High Quality Attendance At Palm & Av-Icn Expo 2022New!

The professional sound, professional display, professional lighting and integration market of importers, distributors, dealers and actual users congregated in full strength at the BEC, Mumbai, to witness the largest display of product range from top global brands, sourcing millions of dollars inventory for distribution and rental.... read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

IRAA strikes an energetic progress path with new chiefNew!

K.J. Singh recording engineer of brave new-gen albums is a spirited veteran deeply involved with Indian recording arts and professionals. The entire jury of IRAA after years is now entirely fresh, newly appointed by KJ... read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

Attendees to PALM & AV-ICN Expo 2022New!

PALM AV-ICN 2022 proved to be far busier and well attended than expected. Who exactly attends and exhibits at India's foremost audio, lighting, and audiovisual technology expo? Read on for detailed breakdown of the attendee figures... read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

Chopra's Keynote Pushes For Indian Manufacturing, Indian BrandsNew!

The 20th PALM Convention Keynote address by Founding Director Anil Chopra gave a clarion call for major investment into manufacturing pro audio, pro lighting and pro AV hardware in India... read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

What to expect from NEC at InfoComm India 2022New!

Joining PALM AV-ICN for a quick interview is Krishna Tripathi, General Manager, Display Solutions, NEC Corporation India Private Limited, wherein he elaborates on the exciting products attendees will be able to witness at the NEC Booth E20 at InfoComm India... read more


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Colour And Sound As Healing


How is the New Normal treating you? How different is yours from your Old Normal? Crazier and more stressful? It's said that if you have a normal life, 30 minutes of meditation and self-reflection is a healthy tonic. If, however you are super busy and lead particularly stressful lives, you need at least 60 minutes of the same. To uncross the tangled wires and cluttered messages inside your head. On one side they tell me that if you don't sleep enough - you will die. Now another hour wasted on meditation. Tell that to my boss / client who demands 25 hours a day.


Viraf Pocha


What if I told you that there is a kind of meditation that is associated with our work? Yup - It's called smoking and cheap biryani pizza. Recently a DJ friend was extolling the virtues of a 'sound bath.' Ya Ya - Loco Koko was my reaction. 'Is that why you go to the bathroom every time you play your Techno Crap?' I had laughed. That was until I chanced upon a sound bathing experience. I must confess it was the pretty lady's eyes that got me to sign up more than any curiosity or need for more cacophony in my head.

We were led into a room, in the centre of which were a set of strange looking pipes and bowls. Nothing even vaguely musical. Not a speaker in sight. There were a few mats radiating out of the central cluster of metal and gongs. We were invited to lie down with our heads towards the middle, so our feet looked like rays emanating from the sun.

Now I can't even look at her through my 'therapy'. In a gentle voice, she invited us to close our eyes and open our ears and senses (if you've ever worked with me - this must have been barked at you a million times). I giggled and followed instructions. This lady then started creating some soothing sounds for about 5 minutes (I thought) and then in the uncomfortable silence, I opened my eyes. I was the only one left in the room and the pretty lady was just finishing up packing all the jingle and jangle stuff.

'Huh?' I asked. She smiled as only a deep Yogi can smile - from her belly. 'It was a 45-minute experience that ended 15 minutes ago. You seemed so relaxed I let you be."

I could not get up. Really. I was in such a state of stupor that not a single muscle responded.

'Was I asleep?' I asked. 'No.' she said, 'your body was responding to every sound. You took in every sound and it's clear that it resonated within you on a deeper level than anybody else.'

Over a simple meal after, she revealed some amazing ideas. I must confess. I would have probably dismissed them as mumbo jumbo if I was not in this exuberant, ready-to-receive state.

Apparently, the entire Universe is in a state of vibration. This includes human beings. Every organ, cell, bone, tissue and liquid of the body, and the electromagnetic fields which surround the body, has a healthy vibratory frequency. If we are not resonating with some part of ourselves or our surroundings, we become dissonant and therefore unhealthy, our naturally healthy frequency becomes a frequency that vibrates without harmony, creating illness.

Sound Healing is the application of Healing frequencies to the physical and subtle energy fields around the body. These healing or therapeutic frequencies and sounds are delivered via live sound therapy sessions employing the Voice, Overtone Singing and a variety of sound healing tools such as Tuning forks, Tibetan singing bowls, Quartz crystal bowls, Monochords as well as those from more Shamanic Sound Healing traditions, such as Didgeridoo, Native drum, Native flute, Rattles, and other Acoustic instruments.

Healing frequencies are often based on Natural Cycles. When these cycles are in tune with our own personal and unique Biorhythms, we are in optimum good health. This is because sound is measured in cycles per second, any cycle can be converted to a human-audible sound by raising it or lowering it many octaves. Healing Sounds are those that through Sympathetic Resonance, bring the listener into harmony with their surroundings, with Nature, with the natural rhythms of Creation and therefore into a relaxed state of health and well-being.

I persuaded her to gift me some tiny rattles and got her to agree to send me a set of her chimes that I seemed to have particularly responded to. I must confess to spending a few minutes every morning lightly tapping those chimes to just listen. I can honestly say those few sounds every morning are as cleansing as any bath you will ever have.

Of course, finding what sound you respond to must be a journey you must make for yourself.

"So, what do you do?" she asked at the end of our conversation. "I'm a lighting designer." I sheepishly said. Immediately she brightened up. "So, what do you know about colour?"

"Well, if you mix blue and red you get purple. My favourite colour." I replied.

"Yeah. Do you know the meaning?"

"Don't tell me that colour too has energy?"

"You are the guy. Do your reading." So, when a pretty lady asks you to do something, you follow instructions.

Everybody knows that Red is Anger, Blue is Peace, White is Emptiness and Black? Well, a tiny dress at a nightclub.

Here's where I started. Black is Nothingness. That's true of most nightclubs (Now that I'm an evolved human, I can make these wise statements).

But White? Emptiness. White is a combination of every colour on the spectrum.

Then I found that a life lived in its fullness brings peace. Peace is a state of being in harmony with yourself and your surroundings. So your body and your mind and dare I say, soul, receives so much stimulus from around us. Now it's up to us to process all these inputs. Keep what is healthy and what we need. Discard the rest. Sounds simple?

Look around at all the stress and anxiety around us. Somehow, we have lost our way amidst the clutter. So, I read. Found a few wonderful books on the pursuit of the perfect colour. This lady went in pursuit of the perfect Blue, Yellow and Orange. She never explained why those three colours, but told me it was an amazing journey through flowers, violins, and the sea. Loved her experience.

Google Ma filled in the facts. Dr. Axe website offered the simplest and clearest introduction to our response to colour around us. I urge you to browse through.

You remember that wonderful ad on the environment where parents were asked to choose paints to colour their world. They use up all the colours so that only the Blacks and Browns are left for their children to paint with.

Fortunately, unlike petrol and certain metals, the world will never run out of colour - Unless you drain it off yourself.

So, the next time at work, set up a colour. Any colour you like, that you respond to, just stare at it single-mindedly for a few minutes. Quietly and by yourself. I tried it (after 40 odd years of staring at stages) and it was a truly unique experience.

If we have worked together, you know my preference for clean lines. Never having more than two or three colours on stage at a time. Reduce that now. Pick one light, one colour, and just stare at it for a bit.

Here's what you may expect - though of course you will have your own unique take.

Red energizes, Green relaxes, Yellow brightens the mood, Orange brings both happiness and hunger. I've deliberately left Blue out (at least initially), because Blue causes varied responses. To some it brings relief, but it also creates anxiety and pain to an equal number. Be careful.

Blue Light that emanates off our device screens, we all know the harm that it causes.

Right now, I am reading up on our ancient wisdom of associating colours with the various chakras within our bodies.

In my journey, I've come across other interesting use of colour in medicine. Of course, it's a pseudo-science, so nothing is proved and so cannot be prescribed - But it may help.

Blue LED light stimulates hair growth. Red LED light dissolves skin conditions. Athletes use it to enhance performance. Students use it to focus on learning. People use it to control breathing and blood pressure. I've given enough people increase in blood pressure. Now maybe it's my time to lower it. Enjoy the Journey.

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