Manick Sorcar's Animation-Workshop: A Highlight at the MIASC, University of Michigan
"Sorcar reminded participants how difficult it can be to preserve rich traditional heritage in the vastly different contemporary American culture."

- The Michigan Daily


University of Michigan
at Ann Arbor

Manick Sorcar was invited as one of the 25 speakers holding workshop at the 4th Annual Midwestern Indian American Student Conference, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where the mission statement was "2000 Reflections: Discovering Your Inspirational Light". The conference was attended by students from 20 universities from across the nation, and was held on January 21, 22, 23, 2000, with great success. The aim of the conference was to provide an atmosphere that will ignite inspiration within each individual. As a part of the mission, it stated "As we forge ahead into the new millennium, it is vital to regroup and reflect on the importance of retaining our culture and history in this dynamic environment. Our generation faces the essential task of widening individual boundaries so that we may unite and collectively pursue common goals in an effort to understand and integrate different points of view. Each step towards such an ideal, regardless of its size and nature, is of equal significance and should be viewed as a success in our search for a strong Indian American identity. However, in order for us to make a full impact on the development of the Indian American community, we must understand who we are and what we want. As with any endeavor, we will embark upon in the future, it is essential to know not only how to proceed, but why."

In his topic "Indian Culture: Will Our Children Know?", Manick Sorcar stated that one of the great traits of the United States is that it brings together cultures, traditions, and customs from all over the world; in every sense, it is a true melting pot. While the virtues of assimilation is stressed, keeping the cultural lamp lit is important not only because 'we cherish our roots and proud of our rich heritage, but because it is a necessity'. Manick Sorcar spoke to show how he put his artistic side to work in order to educate his American-born daughters and attract them to the riches of Indian culture. The effort paid off resulting in the family production of a number of song cassettes, dance programs, and unique animation shorts all based on Indian fables, which won top awards at international film festivals. The cultural bridge, which was originally intended to bridge the gap at home, soon became popular not only with other Indians, but with Americans as well. Today, Sorcar's animation are shown on public televisions, libraries, and at schools on a regular basis.

Sorcar's speech was followed by three of his award-winning animation, 75 minutes total. Manick Sorcar was originally invited to hold only one workshop. But due to heavy demand, his workshop was held three times, each session in a packed hall, the only workshop to get that honor.

 

 

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