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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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International Day of Light




Viraf Pocha

Look Up and into the Light. It may look dim and distant. But reassure yourself that it still burns. We must go closer to it, kindle it and be warmed and illuminated by it.

The surroundings look bleak. There is much to be disheartened about, But only if you let it get to you.

We are surrounded by Guru’s who beam at us from screens and ask us to use this time wisely and better ourselves.  Sell inspiration by the Kilo.

All of you are smart and energetic. That’s not hard sell.  Nobody in their right minds can last in our crazy events world because it’s comfortable and easy. I’m sure that all of us know kids who get drawn into our world, chasing glamour and glory. A few days of being yelled at for absolutely no fault of theirs will put an end to those dreams.

Only the tough will survive. Most will run home shaken by the total lack of glamour and celebrity. The ones who stay will be those stubborn ones – filled with equal portions of foolish pride and stupid defiance. The only thought in their brains – Who the hell does he think he is. I’m better than him. I’ll show him.

Aha – now the devil is calling you to the dark side, where no light is allowed to spill backstage.

You have a choice. Take a short cut. Stay Hollow and fool everybody on how clever you are. OR dig in your heels. Look for -

  1. Mates who will stand with you, through thick and thin.
  2. A Boss who will let your ambitions thrive and compensate you somewhat fairly.

The short cut seeking fellows will initially rise very fast. But it’s only a matter of time until they are forced to look down. By then it’s too late to do anything but collapse. How they react to this failure will form habits. Get Up and decide to go back to their initial instinct to fool even more people OR realise their lack of a foundation and set about acquiring one.

But then they are competing against the other quiet fellow who has had his head down. Nobody is noticing how he is gathering wisdom and bettering himself. One day an opportunity will surely arrive when he is called up to fill a function. AND he does it so well and so efficiently – that everybody is totally surprised at this amazing discovery of a NEW talent.

May 16 is the International day of Light. A Huge opportunity for everybody who has anything to do with light. I see the sound guys getting up to leave. Please stay a moment and recollect. When was the last time you did a concert without Light? Good Light, Bad Light – whatever. You could see the musician right. Did you not wish at some point you had a great lighting guy whose stage visual was so fantastic that nobody notices when you pushed the wrong fader?

So grab a cold something and listen up.

Our Government has asked us to be self-sufficient. A Lot of people hear that as every man for themselves. If that works for you great – Good Luck to You.  


It seems clear that LED’s inability to replicate natural light has led to a huge appreciation of the properties of natural light. That has sparked studies and data gathering, which in turn has enabled LED technology to be refined. I see this as an opportunity here to explore.


I personally see this as an incentive for small communities to form around each other and protect ourselves as a unit. We will have days when we are strong and can protect others.  Just as inevitably we will have days on which we will need to draw on the strengths of those around us. That is the law and balance of nature.

Let me try to kick-start some ideas on the International Day of Light.

Light is everywhere. We take it for granted. That attitude continued in Indoor spaces that needed artificial light. For Centuries man struggled with getting any light into indoor spaces.

Before electricity it was impossible to get a steady source of light. The maintenance of light with the burning of some fuel caused huge by-products of both smell and suffocation.

And for years we were just grateful to get any light in the dark. Only very recently did people question how light was being delivered and the huge use (Wastage?) of energy to deliver light. We only got concerned when we realised the dangers to the environment. LED seemed the perfect answer.

Today in Hindsight – It seems clear that LED’s inability to replicate natural light has led to a huge appreciation of the properties of natural light. That has sparked studies and data gathering, which in turn has enabled LED technology to be refined.

I see  an opportunity here to explore.

So much attention is now being paid (and naturally investment will follow) in using lighting to shade public spaces. 

Today the tools and principals that we used to use to light performance spaces can be multiplied and scaled up to create artificial light systems in huge public spaces.

In India let’s start with simple stadium lighting. I urge you to be a bit light sensitive and see the quality of flood lighting over cricket stadiums across India. How the newer ones are so much gentler and pleasing than the older ones.   Of Course it is difficult to see on TV, as cameras can compensate – But one tiny indication is the quality and sharpness of the shadows cast.  When you play in the day and have the shadows of the stands creeping over the pitch – see how the artificial light takes over from the natural light.   It calls for a lot of patience.  But if you sensitive to it – It opens a huge career opportunity if you can monetise your skills.

 Moving away from stadiums see how architectural lighting seems to be showing up everywhere, particularly in the smaller cities. I personally have not seen exterior lighting being used effectively in any large township project in Mumbai or Delhi. I have seen architects and builders in the smaller cities first blindly importing lighting equipment copied from other projects. Once installed, they express dissatisfaction but can’t find answers in the traditional Indian centres. No worry – The net has brought all the wisdom of the world to them and so I have seen projects in remote areas that can be envied. They have also amassed awards, both national and international. But still don’t get the attention they deserve.

But I believe it is critical mass theory. It’s just a matter of time until the body of good work will catch the nation’s attention and then the field will explode. In my view the Covid crisis will only accelerate this change.

This pandemic has already set our minds to accept the new normal. But nobody knows what the new normal will be. The world is re setting. We expect and anticipate this change.

Yes the focus is on the terrible things that are happening around us. But I urge you to look deeply into our own community for ideas that are boiling and whose time may have come just as soon as we exit this crisis.

I hope for all our sakes that the International Light day on May 16, 2021 opens our eyes on how to adapt our skill sets into the world opening.

Designers and Idea people should lead with ideas and I hope a whole eco system builds around the engineers who work to realise the ideas and truly make the world a better place to live in.

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