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Allen & Heath Manages India’s Dildar Dandiya Dance Festival

Stagecraft deploys new dLive S7000 surface with DM64 MixRack for 10-day event in the Golden Memories Dome.

Indian PA company, Stagecraft, recently employed its new Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing system at the Dildar Dandiya dance festival, held in the city of Gujarat in Surat, known as ‘Land of the Festivals’.

Organized by Coconut Events, the 10-day festival was staged in the Golden Memories Dome, and attracted 12,000 guests. Indian folk singers, Kirtidan Gadhvi, Nisha Barot and Jetal Soni, performed every day.

Stagecraft had recently purchased a second dLive system from Allen & Heath’s distributor, Sun Infonet, comprising the flagship S7000 surface with DM64 MixRack, to join its existing S3000/DM48 system. The S7000/DM64 system was selected as the front of house and monitor mixer for the festival, managing a spectrum of instruments such as 8 dhols, 6 drums, 5 floor drums, 1 kick drum, Indian acoustic percussion, bass, guitar, banjo, saxophone, clarinet, melodica, and keyboards, totaling 64 inputs and 27 outputs.

The MixRack was positioned on stage, connected to the surface at front of house and a laptop running the dLive Director app, which was used as a monitor mixer.

“dLive worked flawlessly for 10 consecutive days. The flexibility of the dLive surface and complete open architecture allowed me to customize my own surface. The built in features, such as dynamic EQs, multi-band compressor and sub harmonic synth, made the job easier, and I could feel and hear each and every instrument. dLive has become my default console for any event,” says Pintu, system engineer & director of Stagecraft.

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