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Manick Sorcar

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Manick Sorcar formal name Prafulla Chandra "PC" Sorcar is an Indian American artist, animator, engineer, and laserist based in Denver, Colorado, United States

Sorcar is an award-winning artist in various media, including fine arts, cartoons, animations, laser arts, and world-touring stage shows with live action mixed with laser animation His animated films, all based on children's stories from India, have won prestigious awards at international film festivals and been broadcast on the Public Broadcasting Service for 22 years He first shot to fame in the nineties when his Deepa & Rupa: A Fairy Tale from India, India's first animation mixed with live action, received the Gold Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival in 1990, and The Sage and the Mouse won the Gold Medal at the International Film Festival of New York in 1993 After this, his Calcutta Forever: A Laser Fantasy was recorded as the first laser-documentary screened inside a movie theatre In 2000, he received the Excellence in Art Plaque from the National Federation of Indian American Associations in New Jersey, for his laser shows Dancing with My Soul and India Forever Hosted by the Indian Consulate General of San Francisco for India’s 61st Republic Day celebration on January 26, 2010, his laser documentary Our Republic’s Birth, which captured India’s history starting from 3300 BCE to its independence from the British and proclamation as a Republic Dominion was shown at the historic Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California

In 2012 he produced Swamiji, a laser documentary on Swami Vivekananda, which was praised by the critics, Ramakrishna Missions and Vedanta Societies around the world for its accurate depiction of Swami Vivekananda’s life The Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math, Howrah, India said “It was as if he was painting the events of Swamiji’s life with a paintbrush before our eyes It was fascinating” about the show which took place on 31 January 2014 at Belur Math campus, attended by 15,000 people

Sorcar is the first Indian-American to receive the ILDA Artistic Award twice from the International Laser Display Association The first was in 2006 for his Enlightenment of Buddha, which mixed live-performance with life-size laser animation and three-dimensional visual effects on stage and won the First Place at the 2005 International Laser Display Association award contest The second was in 2008, for his laser-art Reflection, which also won First Place for laser photography at the 2007 ILDA award contest

In 2012, Sorcar retired from Sorcar Engineering, a Denver-based electrical engineering and lighting firm which did the lighting design for the Denver International Airport concourses, sport centers in Japan, and several Saudi Arabian palaces He retired from engineering in order to devote himself full-time to his art productions As an author in the field of electrical engineering, he has written several popular lighting design texts He received his MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington and his BS in Electrical Engineering from Banaras Hindu University now Indian Institute of Technology, BHU

Sorcar’s art and animation have been the subject of numerous articles, academic research papers, and books For his simultaneous contribution to art and science, he was acclaimed as "the Renaissance Man of our time" in the book Voices of Colorado: Perspectives of Asian Americans ISBN 0615202136 by Nestor Mercado, Elnora Minoza-Mercado, and Alok Sarwal In 2009, he was the subject of the book World of Manick Sorcar: Where Art Becomes Magic ISBN 1607252899, by Roma Sur, and in 2010 East Meets West: The Animation of Manick Sorcar ISBN 0578054043, by Wendy Luna

Sorcar has received a number of honors, including the Bharat Samman Achievers Award at the XXI Annual Meet NRI Divas 2011 of the NRI Institute in New Delhi In 2011, Jadavpur University opened the Manick Sorcar Laser Animation Laboratory Sorcar donated laser lab equipment worth more than US$100,000 and introduced the first laser animation course at the university as a special application of lighting for degrees in illumination engineering

On 6 November 2013, at Aalen, Germany, he was bestowed with the Special Achievement Award for Cultural Enlightenment from the International Laser Display Association for exceptional merit in using laser display to celebrate India’s heritage, and to prepare the next generation by introducing a course on laser art and animation and establishing the Manick Sorcar Laser Animation Laboratory at Jadavpur University

On 24 May 2014, at New Delhi, India, he received the IIT-BHU Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Cultural and Enlightenment through Science and Arts

Sorcar is the eldest son of legendary Indian magician, the late PC Sorcar As a young man, he helped his father create unique lighting effects for his world-touring magic shows, but never took up stage magic as a profession as he was more interested in doing his own brand of magic with art and lighting He is married to Shikha Sorcar, and has two daughters, Piya and Payal

See also

  • P C Sorcar
  • List of Bengalis
  • List of Indian Americans
  • List of people from Kolkata


  1. ^ The Animator Trans World Features, Interview, 2004
  2. ^ Manick's Animation Films on US TV Stations Pravasi Today, 2010
  3. ^ Manick Sorcar: Building bridges through art and animation Archived 2007-09-27 at Archiveis OnlyPunjabcom, 2005
  4. ^ India Republic Day 2010 Archived 2011-07-13 at the Wayback Machine India West, January 2010
  5. ^ "Laser show on Swamiji" The Telegraph Retrieved 7 July 2014 
  6. ^ Prestigious award for creator of Buddha laser show The Buddhist Channel, 2006
  7. ^ ILDA honors LaserLight Magic photography with 2007 Artistic Award LaserFocusWorld, 2008
  8. ^ "Of lasers and monks: Arvada engineer, artist illuminates a great soul" The Denver Post Retrieved 7 July 2014 
  9. ^ Animate Magic The Hindu, 2006
  10. ^ NRI animator's works get unusual tribute Silicon India, 2005
  11. ^ Laser Art Book: World of Manick Sorcar: Where Art Becomes Magic International Laser Display Association, 2008
  12. ^ US writer pens book on India-born animator New Kerala, 2010
  13. ^ NRI Institute Achievers Award NRI Institute, 2011
  14. ^ Wizard of light brings magic of laser to JU The Telegraph, 2011
  15. ^ "Indian-American honored for laser displays of Indian heritage" The Times of India Retrieved 7 July 2014 
  16. ^ "Alumni Award" The Statesman Retrieved 7 July 2014 
  17. ^ Manick Sorcar Wins for Rule of Twenty-One The Statesman, 2004

External links

  • Official Site
  • LaserLight Magic
  • Sorcar Engineering
  • Indian Magicians Web Site

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