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Colorado to ring in New Year with Indian
Tuesday, 18 December , 2007, 08:30
(IANS): It is not Tom & Jerry, Sesame Street, or even Harry
Potter. Colorado will ring in this New Year with an animation
series based on Indian fables and nonsense rhymes made by renowned
US-based Indian animator Manick Sorcar.
"Starting at 6.30 am January 1, the primetime for
children during holidays and weekends, the continuous one-and-a-half
hour programme will be telecast by a number of Colorado TV stations
of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)," Sorcar told IANS from
Denver, the capital of Colorado State in US.
Manick Sorcar is the son of legendary Indian magician
P C Sorcar and brother of P C Sorcar Jr.
The series will contain Deepa and Rupa: A Fairy Tale
From India, the winner of the Gold Plaque at the Chicago International
Film Festival; The Sage and the Mouse, winner of the Gold Medal
at the International Film Festival of New York; Sniff, the winner
of the C I N E Golden Eagle, and The Woodcutter's Daughter, a
finalist at the New York Festival.
Deepa & Rupa... is based on a story from the Bengali
fable Thakurmar Jhooli, The Sage and The Mouse and The Woodcutter's
Daughter are from The Panchatantra, and Sniff is based a popular
nonsense rhyme from Sukumar Ray's Aabol Taabol.
Acclaimed as cultural bridges between the East and West,
Sorcar's animation films are highly popular at US elementary schools,
and have been telecast for the last 15 years on the PBS stations
during year-end holidays.
Two years ago, ‘Manick Sorcar Animations that Teach
Indian Culture’ was the research paper for an American student's
bachelor's degree in fine arts at the Savannah College of Art
and Design, Georgia.
Sorcar shot to fame in the early 1990s when his Deepa
and Rupa: A Fairy Tale From India, recognised as India's very
first animation mixed with live action, received a host of prestigious
international film festival awards, including in New York, where
it outdid Children's Workshop's Sesame Street and Hanna Barbera's
The Greatest Adventure.
Shifting gear from traditional animation to laser animation,
his Enlightenment of Buddha, an extravaganza of live action with
life-size laser animation on stage, won first place in an international
contest in 2005 and received the prestigious The Artistic Award
from Italy's International Laser Display Association, recognised
as the Oscar of the laser industry.
An author of several university texts in lighting design,
Sorcar holds a master's degree in electrical engineering and is
the full time CEO/owner of a highly successful engineering company
So how does he find time to create the artistic miracles?
"It is my brand of magic," smiles the son of
legendary magician P C Sorcar. "Creating miracles is my birthright.
Who says it has to be done with traditional magic?"