Christie projectors light up 17th century fort to celebrate Indian independence

Christie projectors light up 17th century fort to celebrate Indian independence
Projection mapping created by Christie laser projectors is being beamed on to the Red Fort in Old Delhi to commemorate 75 years of India’s independence.

The 17th century monument and UNESCO World Heritage site was used as the canvas for the 30-minute show titled Matrubhumi (or motherland in Hindi) that started on March 25. The show is part of the Red Fort Festival. For this performance, the Lahori Gate and its surrounding 33m-high sandstone walls are illuminated by 19 Christie D20WU-HS 1DLP laser projectors installed and commissioned by MSS World. Content was designed by Knownsense Studios.

Pratik Wadhwa, chief executive officer of MSS World, said: “The Red Fort is a world-famous landmark and its main entrance – Lahori Gate – is of great significance as this is the spot where the Indian national flag was raised for the first time on August 15, 1947, to proclaim our country’s independence.

“It is therefore an honour for us to be involved in this remarkable projection mapping show and we have pulled out all the stops to deliver a highly engaging and fascinating multi-sensorial experience.”

This project follows the deployment of more than 40 D20WU-HS projectors at Vijay Chowk for the first-ever projection mapping show during the Beating Retreat Ceremony in January.

Wadhwa said: “The Christie D20WU-HS projectors are housed in projection towers overlooking the Lahori Gate and surrounding walls. Its compact, lightweight and omnidirectional capabilities provided us with a lot of installation flexibility, reducing the on-site complexities. As a result, we were able to confidently deliver this one-of-its-kind, large-scale visual and cultural spectacle on time for the show’s inauguration.”

Rishubh Nayar, sales director for India, Enterprise, Christie, said: “We are delighted that the Christie HS Series has been chosen to illuminate the legendary Red Fort for this highly anticipated cultural extravaganza, which also marks our 100th permanent projection mapping installation in India.”

Organisers of the Red Fort Festival, which include the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Tourism, have announced that Matrubhumi will become a permanent fixture at the venue for the next two years.