Harman News Services—Continuing its legacy of supporting major entertainment and sporting events, HARMAN professional audio was a proud participant in the recent opening of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India. More than 60,000 visitors filled Nehru Stadium in New Delhi to watch hundreds of performers and elaborate staging kick off the 12 day event which will host some 6,000 athletes from 70 countries.
HARMAN systems for the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony included about 170 loudspeakers from our JBL brand and more than 100 amplifiers from our Crown unit to produce some 500,000 watts of high-fidelity audio. Coverage of the JBL Vertec system ensured that everyone from the front row to the top tier of stadium could enjoy and feel the impact of the performances, which showcased India’s 5000 years of history, as well as its rich and diverse culture. Traditional Nagada drummers beat out the countdown to the official opening, accompanied by Shankha trumpeters as the stadium lights were dimmed and the “Aerostat”, a massive helium-filled balloon, rose 25 metres (80 feet) above ground level.
Renowned audio consultant Scott Willsallen designed the system for production company Wizcraft who staged the elaborate opening ceremony. Personnel from HARMAN’s Bangalore facility worked on site with installers from Norwest Productions and Sound.com to create a system that provided guests in every seat with the same great audio experience. A 500 ton stage, more than 1200 moving lights, 2,700 fireworks bursts, and hundreds of costumed performers entertained the cheering crowd.
The 25,000-seat Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium (for field hockey) and 10,000-seat Delhi University Sports Complex (rugby) also have full sound reinforcement provided by Harman. Several smaller seat venues have also been outfitted with Harman gear, including the Talkatora Stadium for boxing, the Yamuna Sports Complex for table tennis, and the Shyama Prasad Mukharjee Swimming Complex.
Harman is proud to contribute to the successful launch of the Commonwealth Games, and to be an active audio leader in the fast-evolving Indian market. The Company maintains a software development center as well as an R&D hub and corporate office in Bangalore. About 300 employees now support a variety of pan-division projects for Harman, and the numbers are expected to grow to more than 500 in the next three years.
HARMAN systems are widely used at prominent sporting and entertainment events around the world, including the Olympic Games, the GRAMMY® Awards, and the FIFA World Cup. Our systems tour with leading entertainers and have been installed in world-class venues such as New York’s Lincoln Center, the Sydney Opera House and London’s Wembley Stadium.