A Laser Documentary on Swami Vivekananda
The general life story of Swami Vivekananda from miscellaneous sources
English, with a Bengali and a Hindi Song subtitled in English
USA and India
Laser Documentary: 56 minutes
Including laser-live Prayer and Vandana, preceding the documentary: 75 minutes
Direction, Animation and Screenplay by:
Manick Sorcar Productions
Starring voices of:
Narrator: Shuman Ghosemajumder
Vivekananda: Anindya Basu
Ramakrishna: Subhamoy Ganguly
Biley: Agni Obin Basu
Biswanath Dutta: Hemanta Mukherjee
Mangal Singh: Ravi Singh
Mrs. Ellen Hale: Payal Sutton
Prof. J. H. Wright: Benjamin Sutton
Mano Chalo Nija Niketane (Bengali) … Anindya Basu
Avgun Chit Na Dharo (Hindi)… Durga Rahul
Sourabh Basak and Manick Sorcar
Basanti Studio, Denver, Colorado, USA
Studio Six, Arvada, Colorado, USA
October 10, 2012
The Science City, Kolkata, India
(Including laser equipment)
LENGTH OF SHOW:
Based on the life story of Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) it is the first laser documentary made on a person and also the first full-length laser documentary ever to be shown inside a professional theater. At 56 minutes length, it is also credited to be the longest laser documentary ever produced.
At the option of the show organizer, the laser show is sometimes preceded by a 'Prayer' to the Holy Trio (Paramhansa Ramakrishna, Sarada Devi, and Swami Vivekananda), and ‘Vandana’, based on a composition of Swami Vivekananda in Bengali. The prayer and Vandana are live performances in combination with laser. Including all, the total length is 1 hr 15 mins (75 minutes).
“Swamiji” laser show was a unique in that it was nothing close to the traditional concept of laser shows that married spectacular atmospheric to popular music for entertainment. For the first time, it was a full-length documentary made with the cutting-edge technology of laser, which manipulated the powerful beam of lights to be a harmless painting brush and paint a full-length story with emotional feelings.
Unlike a film, its display needed utilization of several color laser projectors for rear projection of graphics and animation on a large screen in addition to other lasers for 3-D visual effects in space in front of the screen. It also utilized several LED lights, video projector, smoke and haze machines and a surrounding sound system, all controlled through DMX as a part of the projection system.
Here are the excerpts from some of the reviews from newspapers, media, Ramakrishna Missions and Vedanta Societies from around the world:
“It was a nice experience for the spectators of different countries round about fifteen thousand in number, to enjoy such a grand Laser Show about Swamiji’s life in the Belur Math complex where Swamiji’s presence is still realized….the projection of the life of Swami Vivekananda by the Laser Show is a unique thinking for spreading the ideals of Swamiji. In that perspective Mr. Manick Sorcar has done really a praiseworthy performance having merit of distinction”.
-Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math (World HQ), Howrah, India
"Manick Sorcar at His Best – Laser Documentary on Swami Vivekananda … The sixth annual fundraiser of Sewa International held at the Stafford Center on Sept 8 was a resounding success being a totally sold out event thanks to the featured attraction, Manick Sorcar’s one of-a-kind unique laser documentary on the life of Swami Vivekananda….The audience was spellbound and proved to be very emotional for several and the Houston crowd honored him with a standing ovation”.
- Indo American News, Houston, USA
"...The life of Swami Vivekananda came alive through a first-of-its-kind documentary made in laser by US-based artist Manick Sorcar on the philosopher-saint's 150th birth anniversary".
-The Times of India, Kolkata, India
“… Artist illuminates a great soul”
-The Denver Post, Denver, USA
“The packed audience at the main auditorium of the Science City thoroughly enjoyed your premier-show as it was vastly research-oriented and professionally created. It also speaks for your sheer determination and utter dedication at the planning and implementation stages. You richly deserve a lot of kudos… ”
-Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata, India
"Lavish laser show throws light on Swami Vivekananda. A pencil torch emitting laser light turned into a magic wand and the magic of light brought to life the evergreen story of a world famous monk, known as Swami Vivekananda. The expectant audience, unfamiliar with the technique of laser show, was perhaps looking for a miracle and miracle, indeed, occurred as ships sailed, trains arrived, men and women walked and children played, all walks of life continued, bound and shaped by sheer light… The art of cartoon and animation reached its zenith in the hands of the reputed Laserist Manick Sorcar”.
-Voice of Asia TV News, USA
"...Full of animation and 3D effect, the documentary uses cutting-edge laser technology to transport the audience to a world where art fuses with science seamlessly."
-The Hindu Business Line, India
"In New York, laser lights up Vivekananda’s life…Filmmaker Manick Sorcar exhibited some of the flair his father, magician P.C. Sorcar brought to his shows, using music and lighting to dramatic effect”
-India Abroad, New York, USA
“Apart from the very impressive display of laser technique, what really gladdened our hearts was the accuracy, authenticity and the appropriate nature of the choice of incidents, music, narration, etc….It gives a wonderful glimpse of his work in the West as well as in India. It highlights some of the most important and soul-stirring messages of Swamiji. In our view the Western audience would appreciate the show even more because Swami Vivekananda’s message of harmony has been beautifully highlighted”.
-Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi, India
“Stepping ahead of time, Sorcar has experimented with laser animation. His latest animations are created with cutting-edge technology, where he manipulates the strong, pencil-thin ray of light to race along a predetermined path to create a moving animated figure.”
-India Herald, Sugarland, USA
“It was as if he (Manick) was painting the events of Swamiji’s life with a paintbrush before our eyes. It was fascinating.”
-The Telegraph, India, (quoting a line from the RKM, Belur Math, Howrah)
“Laser show ‘Swamiji’ puts modern spin on story on Hindu monk”
-WUNC/NPR Radio, Raleigh, USA
“Reliving the Chicago conference, the laser way”
-The Statesman, Kolkata, India
"...I would also like to thank you wholeheartedly for the excellent laser show on our beloved Swami Vivekananda that you staged on November 24th at Auburn Performing Arts Center in greater Seattle area. Your presentation of Swamiji's life in the show was factually and artistically perfect."
-Vedanta Society of Western Washington, Seattle, USA
“Surely, the Laser Show was the greatest hit in our conference during the inauguration on January 2nd night in Prashanti Kutiram for the gathered 1800 persons and Mangala Mandir was never so full…. The motions of the Laser beams touched the emotions of the hearts”
-SVYASA Yoga University, Bangalore, India
" The devotional fervour and technological expertise with which Mr. Sorcar has captured the life and message of Swami Vivekananda is simply marvelous! It is a unique experience for anybody to get glued to the laser show for one hour which unveils the life and message of Swami Vivekananda and get transported into an entirely different world”.
- Ramakrishna Ashrama, Mysore, India
“..The show was much appreciated by viewers at Pune…Audience was spellbound while watching the show. Incidents for the life of Swami Vivekananda presented were carefully chosen to propagate message, and were faithful to the literature published by Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission”.
-Ramakrishna Math, Pune, India
"The main attraction of the show was the episodes of Swamiji's tour to Indian subcontinent extensively where he acquired first-hand knowledge of the condition prevailing in British India and later his voyage to west provided interesting viewing for the houseful audience who sat spellbound, eyes popping out as they watched the color laser beams fly overhead with fast pace complemented by electrifying music synchronized with intelligent lighting, sound surround system, narration, enactment, and visual effects on screen. The life and journey of the great Hindu sage, Swami Vivekananda has been conceived as an educational, entertaining and magical experience".
-The Statesman, Delhi, India
“In this world every work is destined for specific people, for specific time. You were destined to spread the message of our beloved leader Swami Vivekananda through your laser magic. Swami Vivekananda has selected you to spread his message through the modern technology that appeals to and attracts our youth”.
-Vedanta Society of New York, New York, USA