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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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Is The Theatre a Temple?

Viraf Pocha

Look at any Construction Trend since civilisation began. After inventing the wheel man learnt how to move and rearrange stone, brick and wood to create a comfortable and protected home.

Compare Homes, Offices and Hospitals of that time to what we are building today. 

Amazing Developments.

Now look at Theatres. I have seen many Theatres built thousands of years ago with better acoustics, backstage space, set making facilities than many spaces that are being built today.

There are some Ancient theatre’s that can have their centre well flooded with water to provide atmosphere.  There is a Theatre in Israel (Built in Roman Times) which has a section where commodes are laid out (downwind) so play goers could relieve themselves and not miss a moment of action.

There are theatres in Rome that Built Concession stands to sell Nuts and Cool drinks along the passages that patrons took to reach their seats.

One sad fact I seem to have noticed – But don’t have data to back it up. Of all the theatres that I have been involved with, in building – Not One of them had a Theatre Artist in their core team. Mind you they had may ‘consultants’. Sadly a huge amount of the consultant’s advice was ignored.

The Roman Coliseum has an underground network of lifts to move heavy props and wild animals into the middle of the amphitheatre. And a drainage system to clean the blood off its vast central arena.

Drawings exist of the central arena made up to look like tropical forests, running rivers and abstract Rock Placement to spice up the gladiator contests.

Pompii has an entire school to train Gladiators to fight so that the bots were entertaining and the ladies could enjoy muscled men stretching themselves in the pursuit of something extraordinary.

Which Theatre today can you think off that can host these spectacles.

British National Theatre’s Olivier Theatre and Indeed Mumbai’s Tata Theatre have more in common with Roman Theatre Design than anything built this century.

The Globe Theatre in London was authentically re-created with identical material almost 400 years after it was originally conceived. It is still Open air – so the standing Room fans and indeed the actors are open to the weather. Rain Snow and sun. While the Seated areas are covered with thatch.

To This day very Little Artificial Light or Sound Equipment is allowed into the space. Yet It hosts a packed season of shows every summer.

In India – even though we have a great tradition of the performing arts, very few ancient theatres exist.  Understandable, cause most traditional activity was dance or music based. Usually staged within a Temple’s premises.

Which explains why very few traditional performances have large casts.

Our Epics - both the Ramayana & the Mahabharata have huge casts and most of the older cities have a designated Ram Lila maidan where the epics are produced every year at festival time.

Today vast amounts of electronic equipment are used in today’s productions. I wonder how Ram or indeed Ravaan projected their stories to the back rows of a maidan before mikes were invented.

Of Course the final burning scene does not need any additional Lights or sound to underline the drama.

Why am I going on?

To remind Theatre designers today, of what they are missing.

Look at the delightful Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai. Look at all the activity and energy it packs into its tiny space.

I am sure all of us have walked through spaces that are many times its size but don’t have even a shred of its energy and dynamism.

Another fact is that most auditoriums – even those used for professional performances are attached to educational institutions.

Way Back in the 1940’s English language Theatre in Mumbai was born on the stage and quadrangle (some include the canteen) of St. Xavier’s College.

Its panelled walls and stone courtyard still a favourite of film makers. Sadly does not host as much theatre activity as I personally would like to see. 

Fans of Malhar Festival and Janfest. Why are you not demanding more?

I am sure similar festivals exist around the country.  May they grow and get as many students involved into the arts as you can. In any capacity. In any form.

So many legends exist in how Theatres were built.

In Oslo the Opera House is designed for patrons to walk up onto its roof to enjoy the view.

In another Scandinavian country (Apologies forgetting the Tongue Twisting Name) the theatre designers insisted on installing a seamless scrim that stretches across its entire rear wall.

So the building was completed – without a roof. A Crane dropped the screen in place (as there was no way for it to be brought in any other way. And then the roof was assembled over the building. A Unique enterprise and definitely on my Bucket List of places to visit.

Come On Theatre designers – Get inspired.

One sad fact I seem to have noticed – But don’t have data to back it up. Of all the theatres that I have been involved with in building – Not One of them had a Theatre Artist in their core team. Mind you they had may ‘consultants’. Sadly a huge amount of the consultant’s advice was ignored.

Some of the premier theatres of this country that have had crores spent on them are handicapped with amateur flaws.

You will have to buy me a drink if you want to know details. And I will buy you a drink to drown your sorrowful stories of spaces and flaws you know of that I have not found.

Performances spaces are sacred. Especially for the performer. An inspired LIVE performer can produce a performance that moves an audience.

A LIVE Performance space MUST be built for a performer.  Of Course audience comfort is important. The current debate of how many Ladies Toilet stalls as compared to Gents Toilet stalls as a ratio to liquid refreshments sold before and during a performance are important factors.

But to build a rake stage so that every seat can see every corner of the stage is perhaps more important.

It’s like when you go to a temple. 

Isn’t it important for the deity to be comfortable in its home?

Isn’t it important for the sinner skulking in the back rows to hear the sermon?

Isn’t it important to know that your footwear is safe while you go barefoot into the inner sanctum?

In the theatre you must feel safe in the shadows as the performer creates an alternate universe for you to be sucked into and experience through his words and expressions.

Isn’t that Like Reading the Gita or the Koran or the Bible?

To experience Life’s choices open out within You.

So the next time you visit a Theatre be as exacting as you are while visiting a Temple.

Here’s Wishing You Fulfilling Journeys to Both. Temple & Theatre.

THINK

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