Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Son et Lumiere brings back to life the past glory of Vijayanagar Empire

Bringing back to life the past glory of the reign of King Sri Krishandevaraya in light and shade effects with music and narration in the background making dark night as the screen was a visual treat to eagerly awaiting audiences assembled in Scouts and Guides ground on Saturday. The show will also be held on February 27 between 7.30 pm and 8.40.

The history, achievements, administrative skills, heritage and glory of the Vijayanagara Kingdom and the life and time of it most famous rulers was showcased through Sound and Light show very beautifully and briefly.

Though seating arrangements were made only for 2500 people the crowd that had assembled to watch the Sound and Light show popularly known as Son et Lumieres far exceeded that number and had to stand on all stands to glean a glimpse of magic unfold before their unbelieving eyes making them spellbound.

Strobe lights of orange, red, green and water colour hues, more than 500 light fixtures consisting of halogen lamps of 500W and 1000W capacities, specially made light effect instruments like Water Rollers, Fire Rollers, Fire Projectors, Jumbo Strobes and PAR Cans were used to bring to life the golden rule of Sri Krishnadevaraya.

The sets were made using a special material called Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) along with wood and flexes with metal frames recreating historic monuments of Vijayanagar namely the Vittala Temple, Stone Chariot, Lotus Mahal, the statue of Ugranarasimha, Kadalekalu Ganesha, Sasivekalu Ganesha, Virupaksha Temple, Hampi Bazaar, Tungabhadra River and Two Storied Mantap.

The various structures when arranged on the ground spans 232 feet in length and 40 feet in height. 16 Trucks were deployed to transport them from one place to another. Completely controlled and run by computer software, the programme lasting 45 minutes was run by in-house generators and costs Rs.15 lakhs for each show.

Speaking to express Sujatha a resident of Brindavan Garden opined that ‘this type of program should be conducted regularly during weekends to add more glory for heritage city.’

‘Usually in weekends I go for a movie. But today this program made my day complete with a sense of relaxation. The hardship and trouble taken to project this sound and light show is really laudable,’ says Bharath a BBM student.

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