(left) Logo of Manick Sorcar's
LaserToons. (Right, below) Some of the toon-characters of his
From a grassroot approach with
Indian alphabets & nursery-rhymes to complex 3-D graphics/animation
of space exploration and fireworks ... all presented with the
cutting-edge technology of laser.
A feast for eyes and minds for children and adults alike!
December 23, 2006 to January 23, 2007:
Nicco Park, Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India:
For the first time in history, the people of India got to watch
a laser show primarily designed for children and their families,
and that, too, in a native language of India. The venue was Nicco
Park, popularly known as the Disneyland of India. "LaserToons"
was a 30-minute extravaganza of colorful graphics, animation,
and three-dimensional laser-magic in space - based on four popular
children's songs that were written by Manick and sung by his two
US-born daughters Piya and Payal, then 8 and 5. It was shown on
a massive tri-screen inside a custom-built mega-auditorium. In
the month-long program initially there were two shows a day except
Sundays and holidays when there were three. But due to increasing
demand, the number of shows soon were changed to three a day,
and four on Sundays and holidays - completing a record 78 shows
in one month! Anandabazar Patrika, the leading newspaper
of Bengal, promptly listed it as one of the few shows that rocked
in railways stations (above), and on highways (below)
India wrote, "When it comes to entertaining
children, Nicco Park is a clear winner......... The introduction
of a laser show, conceptualised by Manick Sorcar, has worked as
a crowd-puller. Souma Roychowdhury, spokesperson for Nicco Park,
said: 'We had approximately 25,000 visitors today (Dec. 26). Generally,
during this time (year-end holidays) we have around 10,000 to
12,000 visitors' ".
All together, in the month-long stretch, the unique laser show
was enjoyed by a gigantic 140,000 people in 78 shows. "Magic
of lasermania: Manick Sorcar conjures up breathtaking laser shows
using desi toon characters", wrote the Asian
(Left) Manick Sorcar in his fantasyland
with a traditional animated creation to the
left and laser figures to the right - a popular picture that was
used in many
of Nicco Park's publicity posters for the show. (Right) A scene
from his show: A child
dreams to be an astronaut.
life into local toons" wrote The Telegraph,
"....the show at Nicco Park
will show many young Tom & Jerry or Harry Potter fans that
there is much in our own
closet worth 'toon'-ing into."
A decorated Nicco Park entry and
Mall welcome visitors to their main attraction: "LaserToons"
"It's our family
production - for your family" Manick Sorcar
introducing the show (left) and
his wife Shikha (right) to the audience. To accommodate a maximum
number of people the
auditorium was designed for the audience to stand and watch. But
people would come
hours earlier to secure a favorite spot on the floor!
Audience of all demographics and
faith - from Buddhist monks (left) to Mother Teresa nuns
(right) jam to see the show of a life time. No matter where they
came from, their comments
were the same: "Spectacular! We have never experienced
anything like this before!!"
Manick Sorcar amongst his
admirers. Audience would wait to meet
Manick Sorcar after each show to convey their personal greetings
- "Thank you for a
wonderful show! Simply amazing!"
Manick with an youngest admirer.
"We came all the way from Agartala, Tripura,
just to see your show. We just didn't want to miss it!"
said her parents.
the strong beam of laser to work as a paint brush is like trying
to break a
ferocious tiger for a domestic pet. Manick
did it!", wrote Dainik
He came, he saw, he
(Left) On the last day Manick Sorcar
bids good-bye to the audience. (Right) Joined by his wife Shikha,
they receive bouquets of flowers and thanks
from Mr. Arijit Sengupta, CEO/Director of
Nicco Park on January 23, 2007. A record
78 shows were performed in one month, drawing
over 140,000 jubilant spectators.