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Christie Powered Light Show Pays Tribute to Indian Freedom Fighter Birsa Munda

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Visual technology from global specialist, Christie Digital, has helped deliver a stunning light show in celebration of Indian folk hero, Birsa Munda.

Commissioned by the Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), the 40-minute projection mapping show, “Dharti Aaba”, transforms the hillside of Kanke Dam into a monumental canvas.

Himanshu Sabharwal, Creative Director at Tricolor India Schauspiel, the company that presented the show, said that Christie projectors had always been at the top of their list:

“It took us six months to implement the project and we have always wanted to use Christie projectors to deliver the visuals for this show. We eventually decided to deploy the Roadster S+22K-J projectors because of their unmatched brightness and robustness for such an outdoor install.”

Installed in a specially built control cabin located roughly 100m away from the projected surface, the projectors deliver 60m x 20m visuals – nearly the size of a football pitch.

The show depicts the life of Birsa Munda, a well-known and popular figure in the story of India’s fight for independence.

According to Sabharwal, a major challenge was mapping the mountain without losing light with a limited number of projectors. This was resolved by arranging and edge-blending the projectors to cover the entire surface.

“We are delighted that our partner Tricolor India Schauspiel has chosen Christie visual solutions to deliver this inspiring and spectacular light show to honor Birsa Munda, who’s one of the most respected folk heroes in India, ” commented Lin Yu, Vice President, Christie Asia Pacific.

“I applaud Himanshu and his team for their excellent conceptualization, planning and execution of the show so as to provide the best visual experience for the audience.”

The show is the first permanent projection mapping installation in Jharkhand to use Christie projectors and plays nightly at 7:30 p.m.

(Image kind courtesy Tricolor India Schauspiel​​)​

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