"Swamiji" Review by Belur Math, RKM Headquarter
Belur Math, Ramakrishna Mission, Howrah, India
The excerpts below are from the six page review by Belur Math (the headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission), Howrah, India, where the laser show "Swamiji" was displayed on January 31, 2014 as the Grand Finale of the concluding ceremony of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. It was attended by over 15,000 people.
"REVIEW ON THE LASER SHOW ON THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF SWAMI VIVEKANANDA HELD ON 31 st JANUARY 2014 AT BELUR MATH
Date: February 07, 2014
"...by showing the life and message of Swami Vivekananda with the help of laser rays, (Mr. Sorcar) has opened a new vision to extend the ideas of Swamiji from the very place ‘Belur Math’ where Swamiji passed his last few days. Laser Shows are always interesting to enjoy but credit goes to Mr. Sorcar for the topic 'Swami Vivekananda' ... It was indeed an excellent one.
"... Being an Engineer his effort to unfold the ideas of Swamiji to common man by the laser technique is undoubtedly a complete new thing. People of different countries attended this 150th Birth Anniversary Celebration and all enjoyed this show with utter interest.
"...The show covered the important part of the life of Swami Vivekananda from his childhood onwards. Each part of his life was nicely revealed with the help of laser rays. The colour of the rays was very bright which nicely matched with his bold and heroic appearance. Swamiji was a born hero. In the book 'The life of Vivekananda and the Universal Gospel' Romain Roland stated 'He (Swamiji) was tall (five feet eight and half inches), square shouldered, broad chested, stout, rather heavily built; his arms were mascular and trained to all kinds of sports. He had an olive complexion, a full face, vast forehead, strong jaw, a pair of magnificent eyes, large dark and rather prominent with heavy lids, whose shape recalled the classic comparison to a lotus petal.' The coherent colourful beam of light of the laser show was successfully reproduced in the image of Swami Vivekananda.
..."Swami Lokeswarananda once told 'It was Swamiji’s hope that India would create a new social order and new civilization by combining her best spiritual traditions with the latest advancement in science and technology. She would be rich both materially and spiritually. He knew affluence was not enough, man had to be human, too. He wanted India to set an example in this'. The projection of the life of Swami Vivekananda with the help of laser, of course, indicates the development and technology which Mr. Sorcar has adopted and for that, credit goes to him who has thought in this perspective and is successful in his way. Mr. Sorcar has definitely followed Swamiji’s saying 'Take up one idea; make that one idea your life. Think of it, dream of it. Live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.'
"...The Laser Show was witnessed by more than 15 thousand audiences gathering from different parts of the world and all enjoyed very much... It helped them to recapitulate in their minds the incidents of life of Swami Vivekananda....How was Swami Vivekananda during his early days and how he came in contact with Sri Ramakrishna, how he arrived at the Parliament of Religions and so many other events that were shown and keenly observed and cherished by them.
"... the projection of the life of Swami Vivekananda by the Laser Show is a unique thinking for spreading the ideas of Swamiji. In that perspective Mr. Manik Sorcar has done really a praiseworthy performance having merit of distinction.
Manager, Belur Math"
(For complete 6-page review please contact Manick Sorcar Productions)