Union home minister Amit Shah recently inaugurated the new light and sound show at Red Fort that returned to the Mughal-era monument in a new avatar after a gap of five years.
Our team was there to witness the grandeur show too when it opened for public viewing. As we discussed the details of the show with Mr. Puneet Dalmia, Managing Director, Dalmia Bharat, images of the previous light and sound show flashed through my mind.
Puneet briefed us about the current format, “Jai Hind will be a dramatic presentation of the history of India from the 17th century to the present day through the creation of an immersive and multi-sensory experience. This time-travel show is a fusion of several forms of performance arts like projection mapping, live-action films, advanced light, and sound effects, actors, dancers, and puppets, and will be a walkthrough experience staged at three locations – Naubat Khana, Diwan-e-Aam, and Diwan-e-Khas.” Developed by Dalmia Bharat, the new light and sound show is narrated by Amitabh Bacchan and is a one-hour show. It is the first light & sound show to ever showcase live actors and hi-tech projection mapping technology at a heritage site.”
Puneet went on to invite people from all walks of life including school and college students, government departments, and all the residents and tourists of Delhi to come and watch this world-class production. He added, “Jai Hind is the first Sound and Light show ever to showcase live actors and hi-tech projection mapping technology at a heritage site.”
About the Show:
The hour-long show is divided into various parts – the decline of the Mughal Empire, the 1857 War of Independence, the rise of the Indian National Army and the INA trials, the fight for Independence, and India’s progress over the past 75 years.
The show is narrated by Amitabh Bachchan as “WAQT” and is a walkthrough experience staged at – NaubatKhana, Diwan-e-Aam, and Diwan-e-Khas – the 3 most prominent locations at Red Fort. The guests are welcomed at the NaubatKhana, and Waqt then takes the audience to the scene of Red Fort’s inauguration in 1948 which is enacted by life-size puppets at the Diwan-e-Aam. The giant puppet held up by men begins the narration covering the Delhi Sultanate and Mughal Empire. Another sculpture, of Shah Jahan, ‘inaugurated’ the fort in a re-enactment of the emperor’s darbar at Deewan-e-Aam.
Then the guests witness spectacular Kathak dance performances, bringing forth the celebrations from the reign of Emperor Shahjahan. From here, the audience moves to the lawns of Diwan-e-Khas and watches the show seated for the next 35-40 minutes.
At the lawns, the reign of the Marathas and the prestige of the Kohinoor diamond are weaved into the story. The weakening of the Mughal Empire and the rise of the East India Company were shown with re-enactments of battles and uprisings. Subhas Chandra Bose’s Hind Fauj was a prominent part of the story, leading into the Independence struggle. Jawahar Lal Nehru’s Tryst with Destiny speech as well as Prime Minister Modi’s August 15, 2022, Independence Day address is projected. Leaders like Gandhi and Bhagat Singh were projected on walls, followed by a portrait sequence of Indian Prime Ministers, which wrapped up the show.
Information about Jai Hind:
Days: Tuesday to Sunday
Timings: 6:30 – 7:30 pm (Hindi), and 8:15 – 9:15 pm (English)
Cost: The tickets are priced at Rs.1, 500 and Rs.500.
About Monument Mitra: Dalmia Bharat Limited
Jai Hind has been developed by Dalmia Bharat, the Monument Mitra of Red Fort in partnership with the Sabhyata Foundation.
The Bharat Dalmia group adopted the Red Fort in December 2018 under the Union tourism ministry’s ‘adopt a heritage scheme. Dalmia Bharat Limited was selected as a ‘Monument Mitra’ to adopt and develop tourist amenities at the nation’s iconic 17th-century heritage site, Red Fort by the Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). As part of the government’s “Adopt a Heritage Project,” the company has been given the responsibility to provide basic and advanced tourist facilities at the Red Fort to make the monument tourist friendly and enhance its tourist potential and cultural importance in a planned and phased manner.
The Red Fort Sound & Light Show is the third major experience introduced by Dalmia Bharat at Red Fort. In July 2022, Dalmia Bharat launched the Red Fort Centre. The Red Fort Centre is housed in a 19th-century British barrack and provides visitors a walkthrough of the Red Fort before they go and see the actual fort.
Please check: Red Fort Center
In December 2022, Dalmia Bharat introduced Matrubhumi – Projection Mapping Show – 3 daily shows from 6:00 – 6:30, 7:00 – 7:30, and 8:00 – 8:30 pm, which capture the journey of Indian culture over 5,000 years through projection mapping and laser on the magnificent facade of the Red Fort. It showcases the ancient Harappan civilization and the Vedic age, dynasties like the Mauryas, Cholas, and Guptas, and how India has excelled in the field of spirituality, philosophy, mathematics, science, and economics.