“Manick Sorcar: Animations that teach Indian Cultures” – A student’s Research Paper for Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts


Scenes from Sorcar's award-winning animations: (left) Deep and Rupa, and (Right) Rule of Twenty-One ("Ekushe-Aine")

“Manick Sorcar: Animations that Teach Indian Cultures” was the topic of the research paper of Ms. Wendy M. Jensen, a student at the Savannah Collage of Art and Design at Savannah, Georgia, for her BFA (Bachelor in Fine Arts) with a double major in Animation and Visual Effects. Her paper, which included a thorough research on Sorcar, went deep inside his animation classics – all of which are based on children’s fables from India. Sorcar’s distinctive animation style received an early notice, where she wrote : “His unique and personal creative ideas exceed some of the large companies’ consistent styles which tend to be overly standard to the animation business. They are unique because his intentions are not to compete with commercial cartoons but to give Americans the insight to the folklore and culture of rural India. “

Other parts of the research work included analysis of each story treatment, animation techniques, quotations from a series of articles and news material from newspapers, magazines, video-rating guides for libraries, letters from schools and television stations etc. - all rooted to two page-full of Bibliography, and conclusions drawn from interviewing Sorcar through a series of emails.

"The project has been highly educational for me", after the submission of her paper, Ms. Jensen wrote to Sorcar, “The United States has been referred to time and time again being a ‘melting pot’, a description that is very suitable. For over 225 years, millions and millions have traveled to our shores in pursuit of a better way of life. When they arrive, most strive to assimilate into this ‘new world’, however, most manage to maintain their personal identity by holding dearly to customs and traditions of the ‘old world’. You Sir, on the other hand, have taken a step further. Not only have you come to this nation and established yourself as a successful citizen, but you have made a tremendous contribution to all of us. In your spare time, down in your basement, you produced animated features that taught mainstream Americans about your culture and your people, thereby making many children, and adults alike, not only understand, but accept the Indian heritage”.

Ms. Jensen graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, on May 28, 2005.

Links:
Indian Animator's Work Gets Unusual Tribute
Sorcar Cartoons Animate American Student (India Abroad)




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