A Scene from Woodcutter's Daughter

The Rocky Mountain television stations of Colorado, KRMA-TV (Channel 6) and KBDI-TV (Channel 12), both affiliates of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) of USA telecast animation of Manick Sorcar on the first two days of the new year.

KBDI-TV telecast "Deepa & Rupa: A Fairy Tale From India" at 1 pm followed by "The Woodcutter's Daughter" at 1:30 pm on January 1, 1999, the New Year's Day. KRMA-TV telecast both animation in the same order on next morning, starting at 6 am, a prime time for Saturday children's program. This will be the 10th year in a row of their telecast.

"Animation of Manick Sorcar are refreshing, entertaining, educational and popular with the youngsters . They are perfect to compete with football games which will be watched by adults elsewhere at the same time" said the program director of KBDI before telecast. People do not get enough of seeing Manick's animation. Since its release in 1990, "Deepa & Rupa" has been telecast numerous times on various TV channels across the country and abroad, and at dozens of international film festivals where it bagged key awards including the "Gold Plaque" at the Chicago International Film Festival, and nominations for three Heartland Regional Emmy Awards.

"The marvelous combination of animation and live action certainly matches the best quality production shown on either commercial or public television in this country (USA)", wrote Ronald K. Salak, then the director of programming and production of KRMA-TV at the time of its release, "it is a very creative and entertaining program for children and parents alike... this is a program that we will certainly want to broadcast". Since then the program has been shown at least a dozen times at this station alone and still has not lost its demand. At almost all locations where it was shown, the critics lauded it as the "recommended program" of the day including at the 21st Denver International Film Festival, where it was screened in a packed house on October 10, 1998.

"The Woodcutter's Daughter", the half-hour animation released in 1997, also weaves animation with live action. It was a Finalist in Children's Program at the 40th New York Festivals and was one of the three animation of Manick Sorcar that was screened at the 1998 KidsFilmFest and 21st DIFF.

A scene from Deepa and Rupa
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