CHRISTIE PROJECTS ON AN INDIAN HILL
Christie Roadster projectors have been used to help transform the hillside of Kanke Dam in Jharkhand’s Ranchi district into a canvas for a fascinating light show that pays tribute to one of India’s most honoured folk heroes, Birsa Munda.
The 40-minute projection mapping show is commissioned by the Indian Tourism Development Corporation and presented by Tricolor India Schauspiel, Christie’s India partner. The show recounts the exploits of Birsa Munda and his valiant fight against the British colonisers to attain freedom, making him an important figure in the history of the Indian Independence movement.
Vibrant visuals depicting different stages of Birsa Munda’s life were projected onto the rocky face of a hill overlooking the dam near Rock Garden park. Four Christie Roadster S+22K-J 3DLP projectors were installed in portrait mode in a specially built control cabin situated about 100m from the projected surface, with the visuals measuring 60m long and 25m high. The show is the first permanent projection mapping installation using Christie projectors in the state and plays nightly at 7:30pm.
Himanshu Sabharwal, Creative Director, Tricolor India Schauspiel, commented: “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. This is perhaps our first install in India on a hillside, and we have learned to play with dark surfaces by creating the content in a particular way and also to transform a huge structure while being economical. Overall I’m pleased with the performance of the projectors and our clients are also happy with the transformation of the hillside.”