Total Productions supplies Nexo for Mysore’s Dasara celebrations
INDIA: Total Productions recently deployed its Nexo Geo line array systems for Mysore’s Dasara closing ceremony. Dasara is one of the most important religious festivals in the state of Karnataka, celebrating the victory of Hindu goddess Chamundeswari over evil forces.
The closing ceremony marked the end of 10 days of celebrations attended by tourists and pilgrims from all over the country. Featuring military processions, marching bands, horseriding, motorbike stunts and cultural performances from different parts of India, the closing ceremony was held before an audience of 25,000 at the Bannimantap parade grounds on the outskirts of town.
The sound system comprised 32 Nexo Geo D cabinets with 16 Geo S12s, 20 Nexo CD18 compact sub bass units and eight Geo Subs, all powered by Camco amplifiers. As the entire stadium is open to the elements and audience sightlines couldn’t be restricted by erecting scaffolding, the system could not be flown.
Therefore, Total Productions designed a distributed system which was ground stacked around the perimeter of the stadium, complying with the government’s requirement for uniform dispersion of sound throughout the stadium, and covered the seated audience areas as well as the performance space.
‘We split the entire system into small clusters and distributed the system all along the periphery of the stadium,’ explained Total Productions’ head of operations, Francis Perry. ‘This involved running power cables in the correct configurations for nearly 1km, plus a run of signal cables over a total of 3km. We inserted a Nexo DSP every 100m to take care of any signal loss. Once we had the system running, we conducted a final check, walking around the stadium to find any weak spots and repositioning the cabinets where necessary to even out the dispersion.’
Other equipment supplied by Total Productions included an Avid Venue SC48 at FOH, Klotz splitter snake systems, Mackie HDA1221 wedge monitors for the performers, Sennheiser ew 500 G3 handheld wireless mics, Shure wired percussion microphones and Pioneer CDJ-2000 decks and DJM-800 DJ mixers.
‘On the night it sounded really good thank to Nexo’s crystal clear sound,’ said Mr Perry. ‘The authorities were pleased with the system and overall quality of the show.’