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HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014

Indian Vogue

Treasure of Bengal
Indo-Asian News Service, PTI
Washington, October 01, 2003
First Published: 00:00 IST(1/10/2003)
Last Updated: 20:33 IST(1/10/2003)

Manick Sorcar's latest Bengali animation movie, "Rule of Twenty-One", has won a bronze plaque at the 51st Columbus International Film Festival.

The award is presented only to "productions of high merit, which in the opinion of the judges will be effective and useful contributions to their subject area", said an announcement Monday by the Film Council of Greater Columbus, Ohio.

Manick Sorcar is the son of celebrated magician P.C. Sorcar.

Sorcar, a resident of Denver, Colorado, will receive the award at the 51st Annual Award Ceremony on November 8 at the Columbus College of Art & Design, Ohio. The international contest attracted about 600 entries from over the world.

"I am immensely happy," Sorcar told IANS when he was asked about the award, "I grew up in Kolkata with Sukumar Ray's nonsense verses and fell in love with them ever since I was very young. I am glad that both my animation shorts have been able to bring this priceless treasure of Bengal to international appreciation."

"Rule of Twenty-One" is based on "Ekushe-Aine", one of the many verses from Sukumar Ray's famous book of nonsense verse "Aabol Taabol" in Bengali. The film is Sorcar's second animation from the popular book.

The first was "Sniff", based on "Gandhabichar", which won The Golden Eagle from the Council on International Non-theatrical Events, Washington D.C., and was a finalist in the children's programme category at the 36th International Film and TV Festival of New York.

Sorcar shot to the limelight in the early 1990s for his first animation movie, a kind of a fairy tale called "Deepa and Rupa: A Fairy Tale From India", which won a series of awards at several international film festivals.

By day, Manick Sorcar is an engineer who specialises in lighting design. He holds a master's degree in electrical engineering and is president of an engineering firm.

But by night he becomes an artist. He is a one-man animation company, producing children's videos in his basement on a bank of computer screens. The videos are based on folk tales from his native India, each with a moral.


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