27, 2008, Florida, USA:
International Laser Display Association officially announced
today, Manick Sorcar’s company LaserLight
Magic, won the "ILDA 2007 Artistic-Award"
for their entry "Reflection" in the category for best
“Laser Photography”. There were a total of 100 entries
from 21 companies from around the world in different categories.
The international panel of judges unanimously selected Manick
Sorcar's "Reflection" for the First Place in the Laser
Photography category. The second place went to Laser Entertainment
Srl of Italy, and third to Lightwave International
of the USA. The trophy will be handed to Manick on September 10,
2008 at the 2008 ILDA Conference and award ceremony on board the
Carnival Imagination, cruising the Eastern Caribbean
from September 8 to 13.
The 2008 ILDA Annual Conference
and the Award Ceremony will be held on board
the Carnival Imagination, cruising
the Eastern Caribbean from September 8 to 13.
ILDA's awards for artistic and technical excellence, the industry's
equivalent of Hollywood's Oscars, each year honor companies from
around the world for artistic and technological achievement.
This is Manick Sorcar's second "ILDA Artistic Award".
The first was for his "Enlightenment of Buddha"
which won the "ILDA 2005 Artistic Award" at Rimini,
Italy. In 2004 his "Dancing with My Soul" was a Finalist
for ILDA Artistic Award - both of those were for "best use
of laser on stage with live action". "Enlightenment
of Buddha" was an extravaganza of dance, drama, magic
in combination with various forms of intelligent lighting, life-size
laser-animation and three dimensional laser effects in space.
The story took the audience to 600 BC India, where a meditating
Siddhartha Gautama (whom the world would later know as Lord Buddha)
under a Banyan tree, remained undisturbed and attained enlightenment
despite constant disruption from enemy Devaputra Mara and
his string of bone-chilling, intimidating black magic. "Reflection"
is a scene from Manick Sorcar's forthcoming stage production.
This was his first entry in laser photography category, which
won him the first place and the prestigious award.
Manick Sorcar shot to fame in early nineties for his first animation
mixed with live action “Deepa & Rupa: A Fairy Tale
From India”, which won the Gold
Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival. His other
films, also based on fables from India, received world recognition
by winning a series of prestigious awards
at various international film festivals. Recognized as the cultural
bridges between East and West, his animation films are popular
at the elementary schools as well as at the Public Broadcasting
Service (PBS) TV stations, where on the New Year’s Day,
they have been telecast consecutively for the last fourteen years
Last year, his animation films were the subject of a research
paper for an American student’s bachelor’s degree
in fine arts at the Savannah College of Fine Arts, Savannah, Georgia.
Manick is the author of several lighting design texts that are
taught at universities and has a full-time job as the CEO and
president of Sorcar Engineering
Inc, which did the lighting designs for Denver International
Airport, sport centres in Japan, Colorado Convention Center, and
palaces for Saudi princes. By night, he is an artist and animator.
Manick Sorcar is the first Indian-American to receive the prestigious
(Note: It became an international news within a very short time.
to read about it as covered online by Laser Focus World,
the most popular laser magazine of the USA, or here for a printed copy of it.)