Palm resounds with surge in visitors from stage sound and lighting for event industry

MUMBAI: The  latest  edition  of  the  PALM  Expo  at  the  Bombay  Exhibition  Centre,  Mumbai,  was  once  again  a resounding  success.  Celebrating  18  consecutive  years,  PALM  Expo,  India  continues  to  exemplify  the unrivalled energy of the global Pro sound and light industry.

This year’s edition boasted the highest attendance and participation  ever as a staggering 23,436 unique visitors, from across the country made their way to the venue from 31st May – 2nd June, 2018, proving that the Pro AV and lighting industry in India is poised for further expansion in the upcoming year.

Day one clocked 9,197 visitors hosted by 2500 exhibitor badges - a total of 11,697 attendees. Day two registered  9,773  unique  visitors  and a record  footfall  of 12,765, while  day three  clocked  4,466  unique visitors. Over the three days of the show unique visitor numbers demonstrated  an increase of 20% from the last year. This edition of the PALM witnessed a significant increase in the share of trade visitors from B and C tier towns of India, with an increase in buyers from rest of India accounting for nearly 14%.

“PALM  was  a tremendously  successful  event  with  the  highest  figures  for  exhibitors  and  visitors,” said

Manish Gandhi, Director & COO of ABEC Exhibitions & Conferences Pvt. Ltd.

The total exhibition area across the eight halls increased by 19.23% since 2017 and the demand for new products   was   reflected   by   the   busy   exhibit   halls,  with   Hall   1  being   demarcated   for   the   sound manufacturers and distributors, and Hall 5 for the lighting companies.

“Reputed  brands  globally  define  PALM  as  a top  destination  to  test  product  performance  in  a highly advanced market place    adopting latest technology and features. PALM leads in establishing new product viability in guaranteed exposure to probably the largest community of highly experienced professionals in pro audio and AV anywhere  in the world evaluating  new product  purchase. We deliver business  at the show year on year,” said Anil Chopra, Director, PALM Expo 2018.

“One could witness  the surge in the pro sound and light industry  at the show, as well as the range of products on exhibit, which was dramatically higher this year,” said Ramesh Chetwani, Exhibition Director, PALM Expo 2018.

The mesmerizing exhibit and display in both the halls, was complemented by a tremendous business environment, courtesy a strict no-sound policy enforced in both halls by the organisers. The sound control on the show floor was one of the major highlights of the expo and was well appreciated by global media and exhibitors as well.

A broad spectrum of products on display on the exhibit floors and the positive echo from the exhibitors and visitors  alike, indicated  that the international  business  atmosphere  of PALM expo, India makes it a must-attend sourcing and networking platform.

Celebrating eight consecutive years at PALM Expo, The PALM DJ Championship has come a long way since it first started and has cemented its place at the heart of DJ culture in India, providing equal opportunity to  talented  DJs  from  across  the  country. The  PALM  DJ  Championship  2018  Finale  was  a tremendous success  witnessing  10 talented  DJs  from  various  Indian  cities  compete  for  the  grand  title  and  prizes. Generous  prize partners – Reloop, Akai, Alesis, Ali Merchant, MX, Numark, Roland and TSM in association with Point Blank, put up DJ consoles, mixers, headphones, synths, DJ Courses and more such prizes to be shared between the top 10.

Hailing from Mumbai, DJ Braden beat the odds to triumph over some of the strongest competition  and come out on top, winning the coveted PALM DJ Championship title 2018. DJ Altrax from  Surat, secured his spot in the top three winning the first-runner  up position followed  by DJ Shubham  from Mumbai who came a close third.

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Honouring  Excellence  in Sound Recording  and Audio Production, the 12th consecutive  India Recording Arts  Academy  Awards  (IRAA)  marked  a  grand  celebration  attended  by  stalwarts  of  the  Indian  Music industry. What began as a small gathering, 12 years ago, to honour the relatively unrecognized sound engineering talent in the country became a tremendous success this year, as the awards platform achieved critical attention from the fraternity, many of whom were present in strength at the awards ceremony that took place in Hall 4 of the BEC, Mumbai on 2nd June, 2018.  A. R. Rahman, India’s most celebrated Indian composer, singer-songwriter,  and music producer presented the posthumous award for Life Time Achievement  in Sound Recording  to his lifelong sound engineer H. Sridhar. The award was accepted by H. Sridhar’s son, Vinay Sridhar. Also motivating the other winners of the evening by presenting them with their well-earned trophies was Indian playback singer – Sonu Nigam, Music Composer duo Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa and legendary Indian percussionist – Sivamani.

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Honouring and celebrating  excellence  and achievements  in the field of Stage, Sound and Light, was the

8th consecutive  PALM Sound & Light Awards. Major International  brands vying for the PALM Sound and Light  award  and  top  live  sound  professionals  who  have  done  exceptional  work  in  2017-2018  were awarded for their skill and professional and manufacturing excellence.

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The PALM Live Arena, which showcased a mesmerizing display of stage technology and sound, was once again a tremendous success with buyers thronging the arena on all three days of the show.

With the aim of delivering Business education and an interactive exchange of ideas and knowledge, the two parallel Conference Programmes at the PALM Expo, namely PALM Conference & Seminar programme and PALM Soundscape programme were more varied and wide-ranging than ever before.

The PALM Conference and Seminar Programme, which took place in the International Lounge of Hall 1, covered  three dedicated  themes  – Stage Sound & Light, Audiovisual  and Music Production,  across  the three days of the show and boasted of expert speakers. Thousands of attendees  experienced  workshops, panel discussions  and seminars by industry leading professionals, focused  on topics such as Measuring And Aligning  Subwoofers,  Using  Dante  For Live  Sound  Events, Acoustics  In Auditorium  Design; Dolby Atmos Mixing - Concepts And Techniques, among others.

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The PALM  Soundscape  on the other hand covered  topics  that ranged  from Big Stage Sound, Lights  & Visuals, festival and tours, royalties, artiste management, Repertoire & Publishing to Denon workshops and discussions on psy-trance.

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"Delegate response has been entirely gratifying, both in numbers and the anxious Q & A sessions from enthused professionals. I assume the array of highly acclaimed speakers must have been delighted at engaging  such   critical audiences  filling the conference  halls.  Smashing  I'd say," said Smita Rai, Project Head – Features & Marketing.

The Live Demo Qubes featured brands like Bose, Electrovoice, LAX, RCF and DB technologies. For more info log on to:

PALM Expo 2018 introduced  the compact indoor line array demo at the show this year. This was the first time that an indoor  line array demo was oganised  anywhere  in the world. With the guidance  of famed Electro-Acoustic  consultant  – Milind Raorane, this feature achieved the highest level of acoustic control and monitoring.

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