Sennheiser explores the life of Gandhi
INDIA: Described as the ‘biggest personal museum anywhere in the world dedicated to the life of just one person’, the Dandi Kutir Museum in Gandhinagar was recently inaugurated by prime minister Shri Narendra Modi. Showcased prominently by Mr Modi throughout the inaugural tour was a brand new, large-scale Sennheiser GuidePort system to direct and educate visitors as they explore the halls. The installation was completed by local integrator Shar Audio Infotech Pvt Ltd in consultation with Sapoorji Pallonji Co Ltd and T2 Technology Consulting.
Located at the Mahatma Temple, the museum is just one occupant of the 137,500 sq-m Mahatma Mandir convention centre, all of which was constructed to honour the work of Mahatma Gandhi. The museum has been designed to reflect the life and philosophy of the country’s ‘father’ and offers visitors a journey through his life. All aspects of Gandhi’s life are on display in the form of salt-mound sculptures symbolising his iconic 1930 march against the salt tax provision imposed by the British Empire.
‘This museum was conceived as an experience and a journey through the history of the last 100 years of Gandhi,’ explained Sennheiser India Professional Segment vice president of sales and marketing, Vipin Pungalia. ‘As designers of the A/V and multimedia aspects, our job was to create the auditory environment that would support and enhance the story telling and journey, and to use audio and media content to extend the vision of the designers.’
The installed solution seeks to bring the museum’s murals to life through the deployment of 600 GuidePort receivers and 160 identifiers. Audio instructions are provided in 10 languages, while videos featured throughout the tour play in-sync with the GuidePort system.
‘One of the biggest challenges was to perfectly sync the audio content with the related exhibits around the huge museum – which encompassed three storeys, 930 sq-m of floor space and more than 100 exhibits,’ recalled Anshuman Dubey, senior product manager, Integrated Systems, Sennheiser India. ‘Additionally, we had to ensure that each floor is separately controlled by its hub room in sync with other the multimedia elements. As the museum is of national importance, the installed system provides its commentary in 10 languages initially, but in future it can be upgraded with more if required. The other challenge we faced was with integrating all of the cable work into the ceiling and walls without hampering their existing frescos and paintings. The deadline was also very limited, as we needed to complete the installation prior to the inauguration.’
According to Sennheiser India, the programming, evaluation and announcement software is easy to operate while also providing statistical data for individual receivers, such as a record of the exhibits that a visitor spent the most time at. Information can also be customised for different types of visitors. For example, the blind and partially sighted are offered recordings that are tailor-made to suit their needs. The system also features an ‘Antitheft’ feature for security.
‘Dandi Kutir Museum is one of our most prestigious projects,’ enthused a senior spokesperson on behalf of lead consultants Shapoorji Pallonji. ‘We are extremely happy with the flawless planning and execution carried out by the Sennheiser team. Their constant reassurance helped us complete the project in record time, and their GuidePort system was appreciated by everyone present at the inauguration.’
‘The project highlights the capability of Sennheiser India and local partner Shah Audio to work to strict timelines along with a lot of guidance and openness from both T2 Consulting and SPCL,’ concluded Mridul Jain, national business manager, Integrated Systems, Sennheiser India. ‘Their help enabled us to complete this hugely significant project in record time and without compromising on the quality of visitor experience.’