|SORCAR’S ANIMATION ON NEW YEAR'S DAY:
A Scene from Woodcutter's
|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