I have lost track of the number of times I have been in charge of lights and sound. As a small performing troupe, we can’t always afford a professional lights and sound manager. And we most certainly cannot afford to have a technician with us for all our practices.
At IIM Indore, it was fascinating. The scope of those lights was tremendous, and I enjoyed myself to the fullest, wishing I had more time to work things out and use the lights to our best advantage.
At various other programmes, I have been in charge of the sound – both during the performance and (more often) pre-performance. I manage the details for practices, go to the studio to make changes in the music, all of that.
But for the first time, I received a badge identifying me with this hidden non-profession of mine. I should probably keep it; when next can I dream of getting an identity card like this one?