|"In a head-to-head competition, Deepa & Rupa: A Fairy
Tale From India topped the Children's Workshop's Sesame Street and
Hanna Barbera's The Greatest Adventure at the New York International
-Rocky Mountain News, Denver, CO, USA
A Scene from Deepa and
A Fairy Tale From India
Manick Sorcar has been a world class animator and has won over
a dozen international awards for his animated
works. His love for animation all started as a simple idea to make
learning fun for his two little daughters. He started drawing pictures
to teach them about morals and values to follow in life. He wanted
to be certain that his daughters did not forget their heritage while
growing up in the United States. It was important to him that they
maintained a balance between both cultures and that they created
a strong foundation for their lives by incorporating lessons of
the East and West. He was distraught to find that after starting
school his daughters were on their way to forgetting how to speak
their native tongue.
|To teach them more about Indian culture
and make learning fun for them he started writing songs
which later led to animating various folktales that he heard as
a young child from his grandmother in India. He soon discovered
that many parents were struggling with the same cultural balance
issues with their children. Sorcar knew that in order to communicate
with children, one had to speak in their language.
Animation worked like magic! He decided then and there to create
these videos not only so his children could learn about their own
heritage but to also benefit children of the world and facilitate
their understanding of the mysteries of the East. Little did he
know that what started as a simple lesson plan for his children
would soon lead him to be an internationally acclaimed award winning
Sorcar at Basanti Studios
|"Sorcar beats Sesame Street. P.C. Sorcar Super-junior,
also called "Manick", noted for his animated films based
on Indian folk tales and poems, creates [these] in his basement
-The Statesman, Kolkata, India
| Over the last two decades Sorcar has produced, directed,
and animated several animations. His first animation "Two
children's Songs from the East" - which actually carried
two of his songs - eventually became a part of his first animation
TV production "East-meets-West" at the American CableVision
of Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Several years later he accumulated all
songs written by him, animated them,
and put into a video "Children's Songs From India",
which became extremely popular among young children.
|Inspired by the success of "East-meets-West",
and its sequel "East-meets-West II", he then
produced "Deepa & Rupa: A Fairy Tale from India",
where he mixed live action with animation and received a host of
prestigious awards from international film festivals against formidable
rivals such as Children's Workshop's "Seasame Street"
and Hanna Barbera's "The Greatest Adventure".
This led to the series of other animations such as "The
Sage and the Mouse", "Sniff", "The
Woodcutter's Daughter", and "Rule of Twenty-one",
which, too, won the hearts of all and brought a host of top
awards from international film festivals.
|What is most satisfying to Sorcar is that all his animations are
based on children's stories from his native India, which are fun
and educational, and through these he is able to communicate with
children. In the midst of today's most TV shows which are filled
with sex and violence, Sorcar's animations are a breath of fresh
air making them extremely popular at elementary schools. Today,
Sorcar is a frequent visitor to schools to make presentations of
animations, take question and answer sessions, where teachers see
him as a positive role model for young children.
| His productions have been nationally broadcast in
India and are shown yearly in the United States. This is the 13th
year in a row, Sorcar’s animations will be telecast in USA
during Christmas or New Year’s Day. Last year his animations
were screened simultaneously in India and in the United States during
the holidays. Although Sorcar’s daughters are grown up now,
he still continues to animate for the children of the world. Every
night when the world goes to sleep, Sorcar quietly retires to his
computer room and enters his world of animation.
& Rupa: A Fairy Tale From India
FIRST animation with live action. Winner of the Gold Plaque
at the Chicago International Film Festival, Silver and
Bronze Medals at the International Film Festival
of New York, nominations for three Heartland Regional Emmy
Awards among others. It is a story of two step sisters,
one that was kind and unselfish and the other uncaring and greedy.
Find out how each sister’s behavior brought a change in their
|The Sage & the
Sage & the Mouse is the winner of the Gold Medal
at the International Film Festival of New York and a Bronze
Plaque winner at the Columbus International Film Festival
among others. The Sage & The Mouse is adapted from The
Panchatantra, the classic book of fables of India. The
story depicts a helpless mouse who was empowered by a good sage.
But the power corrupted his character.
is the recipient of C.I.N.E. Golden Eagle and
a Finalist at the International Film & TV
Festival of New York. A favorite of children all over the world,
Sniff is based on Sukumar Ray's non-sense poem Gandhabichar.
It is the story of an era when perfume was still an unknown object.
When the minister of the king wore some perfume before the court
resumed, he created quite a stir in the courtroom.
Finalist in Children's Program category at the
New York Festivals, The Woodcutter's Daughter was
telecast on PBS stations of USA, and was nationally telecast in
India. Adapted from The Panchatantra, the classic book
of folktales of India, it is the story of a poor woodcutter who
saved a wounded squirrel by having her turned into a baby girl with
the help of wishes granted by a fish.
Songs and Dances from India
collection of popular children's songs and dances by Piya (8 yrs
old) and Payal (5 yrs old) with animation. It includes Santa Claus,
Astronaut, Uncle's Home, In the Sweet Morning, Wedding of the Mole,
Peek-A-Boo, The Sun Shines Thru the Clouds, and The Man From the
|Ekushe-Aine (Rule of
of the Bronze Plaque for animation at the 51st
Columbus International Film Festival . "Rule of Twenty-One"
is based on Sukumar Ray's famous nonsense verse Ekushe-Aine
from Aabol Taabol and premiered in India in 2002. It is
a non-sense story about a city with ridiculous rules of twenty-one.
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