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MA Lighting Inspires Indian Lighting Designers To Rediscover The Art of Lighting

Organizes workshop on lighting design by Ed Sheeran's Lighting operator Jeremy Van Delft

Jeremy Van Delft delves into the nuances of designing and operating the lights for Ed Sheeran's +-=÷× Tour

MA Lighting, one of the leading entertainment lighting brands in the world, in association with official Indian distributors Hi-Tech Audio & Image and co-partners Production Brew, organized a workshop by Jeremy Van Delft - who is the lighting operator for Ed Sheeran's +-=÷× Tour - hosted by the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre (NMACC), on 18th March, 2024.

Aloysius Dsouza, Harshavardhan Pathak, and Bunty Raj join Jeremy Van Delft in a panel discussion on the art and craft of lighting, customized to enlighten lighting designers, yielding an intelligent conversation

During the first half of the three-hour intensive workshop, held from 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM at The Studio, NMACC, Jeremy took the stage to elucidate his audience, consisting of both established and aspiring lighting designers, about the opportunities and challenges he faced while operating the lights for Ed Sheeran's +-=÷× Tour, most specifically his recent India leg, which took place on 16th March, 2024 in Mumbai, India.

Attendees, comprising of professional lighting designers and students carving a career in lighting design, gather around Jeremy Van Delft as he showcases his show files on MA Lighting's console

Post a short coffee break, Jeremy once again spoke extensively about the nuanced technical lighting production that brought the tour to life with flying colours. He was later joined in a panel discussion by Aloysius Dsouza, Harshavardhan Pathak, and Bunty Raj, two well-known Indian lighting designers and a representative from MA Lighting, who shared their own experiences while designing the lights for a variety of events.

At last, the floor was opened to questions from the audience, which became the driver for further intelligent discussion, as the curious questions allowed the panellists to explore and expand on their own craft while sharing key wisdom on the art and science behind professional lighting design.

Franco Zaghini, speaking to the PALM Expo Magazine Team at the culmination of the workshop, shared the idea behind organizing a workshop for lighting design in India on such a grand scale, "The idea is not new for MA Lighting, because we have done similar events before in China, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, inviting lighting designers from abroad. And the scope is to bring education or a different point of view to inspire youngsters or local lighting designers. Few markets in Asia have amazing talents, but on a general level, they are not as developed as the Western world when it comes to lighting for entertainment. The scope is just to give our contribution to make the market grow."

Zaghini adds, "In this specific case, we see India turning into one of the main markets in the future in terms of size, because India is a big country. India will be one of the main markets for lighting. After China, I would say, India is the biggest market in Asia for entertainment lighting. But we see that the general overall knowledge on lighting is not as in-depth here like in other countries. Of course, India has a massive talent pool in the pro lighting industry, but the overall level of awareness and education still needs to grow a lot."

Jeremy Van Delft poses with Franco Zaghini, the team from Hi-Tech Audio & Image, and the attendees of the workshop to mark the end of a successful event at NMACC's The Studio Theatre

Apart from organizing informative workshops for lighting designers, MA Lighting is also involved in developing the software and hardware for its products to cater to varied markets and users, as Zaghini puts it, "We have done software and hardware specifically dedicated for a simple use of the console. In the past, MA Lighting products were synonymous to something like a space shuttle, and the user felt the need to be an expert and learn for ages. That's why, we develop software and hardware to have wider range of users and wider markets."

"The lighting workshop by Jeremy Van Delft", informs Zaghini, "was meant for anyone related to the lighting market from beginners to experts. I've seen the youngsters were also more timid to ask questions in the fear of sounding silly, but it is actually never like that. But ultimately, the whole interaction today was quite good. We have done similar events in many other places in India, but it was much limited, like in our distributors' demo room, so an event open to anyone in a place like the NMACC was one-of-a-kind. We, at MA Lighting, hope to organize more workshops such as this and that other manufacturers follow our footsteps to help bring more professionals under one roof, sharing their knowledge and making the market grow further and further."

PALM Expo Magazine's Team conducted an in-depth interview with Jeremy Van Delft on his craft as a lighting operator, the challenges he faces on field, some major trends and technologies he believes are here to dominate the pro lighting industry, and more. Turn to page 00 to catch the full interview.


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