The Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall (SMVRCH) – an initiative of the Madras Seva Sadan – is undoubtedly one of Chennai’s most revered live performance spaces that promotes, preserves and propagates all forms of art and culture – both Indian and international. Located at the bustling Harrington Road (Chetpet) area in the central part of Chennai, the plush SMVRCH complex consists of a comfortable two level air-conditioned theatre that boasts a lavish 1920 sq.ft. stage, an intriguing art school, a gallery / lounge in the basement and a coffee shop for patrons to relax and unwind. As Krish Kumar, a key member of the managing committee of SMVRCH, shares, “The idea was to create a state-of-the-art facility that would serve as a one-stop experience for everyone who enjoys art and culture in its various forms.”
Located at the bustling Harrington Road (Chetpet) area in the central part of Chennai, the plush SMVRCH complex consists of a comfortable two level air-conditioned theatre that boasts a lavish 1920 sq.ft. stage, an intriguing art school, a gallery / lounge in the basement and a coffee shop for patrons to relax and unwind. As Krish Kumar, a key member of the managing committee of SMVRCH, shares, “The idea was to create a state-of-the-art facility that would serve as a one-stop experience for everyone who enjoys art and culture in its various forms.”
The luxuriously furnished concert hall in itself has hosted some of the most elegant events in various forms of art encompassing music, dance, recital, playwriting and more – from solo performances, to street plays, to philharmonic orchestral ensembles – including the likes of events hosted by the U.S. Consulate, Alliance Francaise, Russian Cultural Center, in addition to noted gigs like the Hindu International Music Festival, the KongMyong, ICCR, and of course – the Ultimate Elton John and the Rockets tribute band performance in recent times. And a key reason for this impressively diverse event profile is the fact that the hall now boasts a state-of-the-art audio architecture from global niche pro audio brand d&b Audiotechnik, which provides bespoke aural reproduction for live concerts, theatrical productions and lecture style presentations.
Designed and installed by Ansata – the official distributors of d&b Audiotechnik in India – the adept audio system at the SMVRCH now features a total of 12 units of the Yi8 line array elements along with 4 units the larger format Yi10 line array elements together faithfully reproducing the ever crucial mid and high frequencies, while a total of 4 units of the actively driven Yi-Sub deftly deliver the low frequency impact that brings the performances to life. The entire loudspeaker setup is powered through 3 units of the sublime D80 power amplifiers.
Krish comments, “The d&b Audiotechnik Y-Series offers a really smooth and clean sound, plus the power to really impress when required”, as he praises the quality and performance of the new d&b Audiotechnik rig. The concert hall is also equipped with state-of-the-art theatrical microphone systems from global leaders DPA, mainly comprising multiple models from the d:fine series of headset microphones and the d:screet series of miniature omnidirectional microphones; all of which were also provided for by Ansata.
Speaking about the various aspects that influenced the SMVRCH’s buying decision, Krish asserts the one key factor that favored d&b Audiotechnik’s the most is their partnership with Ansata. He says, “Our ideology from the get go has always been about top notch quality – commissioning the use of top notch products and technologies so that our audiences have nothing less than the finest experience possible. While we were quite pleased with the performance of the audio system that was previously installed here, we realized that integrating the space with d&b Audiotechnik would be far more beneficial to us, not just because of the technological superiority of its products, but mainly because of its stellar representation and service here through Leslie and his team at Ansata. For me personally, that was the key. I believe great technology alone doesn’t stand for much by itself. But when great technology is backed by a great team of thorough professionals – that’s when you know you’ve got the best. And that’s what we’ve experienced in opting for Ansata and d&b Audiotechnik! Working closely with Ansata has been extremely important on this project, and having direct access to their product specific expertise and onsite support has ensured a smooth and timely system rollout to the complete satisfaction of everyone at the SMVRCH. It has been an absolute pleasure working with Leslie and his team.”
Leslie Lean, director of Ansata gratefully reciprocates the sentiment as he comments, “Firstly, we’d like to thank Krish and all of the committee at Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall for choosing to entrust Ansata with the responsibility of commissioning the concert hall with the kind of effective, powerful and high quality audio system that it so richly deserves, and has finally found in the d&b Audiotechnik Y-Series. The leadership is extremely dynamic and very welcoming in matters of advanced technology, with a clear realization of how using world class technology can only result in positive outcomes, and we’re grateful for all the help and support that our team received from them during the entire process of commissioning. I believe that is why the end result is such a magnificent sounding hall. It has been an honour for us at team Ansata to have been of service to the SMVRCH. And while we look forward to being of service to them soon, we’re confident that their new d&b Y-Series system along with the DPA microphone inventory will live up to every expectation.”