Birth Centenary Celebration of the Great P.C. Sorcar

The Great Sorcar who brought Indian magic to the world stage, was born on February 23, 1913, in Tangail, British India. The birth centenary celebration on the Father of Indian Magic started on February 23, 2012 at various locations in India and ran throughout the year. Some highlights:

February 23, 2012, Kolkata, India:

In Kolkata, India, where the Great Sorcar was based and had the international headquarter, a stream of people starting from general public of all demographics, fans and admirers, relatives to magicians and magic enthusists gathered at his residence “Indrajal” at 276/1 P. C. Sorcar Street, where 100 candles were lit to pay tribute to this great man. The event was attended by his magician sons, daughters, their family mebers and other relatives. Similar celebrations also took place in other prominent cities in India including Bangaloru, Hyderabad, and Delhi.

November 6-8, 2012, Kolkata, India:

The P. C. Sorcar Memorial Committee decided to hold an exhibition of rare photographs, dreses, posters and other memorabilia of the Great Sorcar. The invitation card stated,

“On the auspicious occasion of the Birth Centenary Celebration of Jadu Samrat P. C. Sorcar, the fairytale-ish legendary magician of International fame, who revived and elevated the status of Indian magic to the zenith, P. C. Sorcar Memorial Committee in association with the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Kolkata and Eisenstein Cine Club has arranged an Exhibition of rare Photographs, Dresses, National and International Posters, and other memorabilia of the Father of Modern Indian Magic, at Gorky Sadan on 6-8 November 2012 at 12 noon to 6 pm daily.

We are exulted to mention that the art-loving and heritage respecting people of Russia have expressed their great admiration and respect to the mystic son of India on occasion of his birth centenary celebration by providing us the use of their prestigious premises at Gorky Sadan in Kolkata. Mr. Alexunder V. Mazirka, Vice Consul and Director of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Kolkata has kindly consented to inaugurate the Exhibition on Tuesday, 6 November 2012 at 12.00 noon.
Your kind presence in the humble function is highly solicited.”

The card was signed by Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Secretary, and P. C. Sorcar Junior, Working President.

December 14 through 23, 2012, Kolkata, India:

(Above) Three portraits of the Great Sorcar as a unique tribute to the birth centenary celebration of his father by his artist-laserist son Manick Sorcar. Above middle is a portrait he had painted as a teenager with watercolor. The portrait on the left, collaged with a variety of seeds, and on right, with a laser brush, are some of his recent creations.

In celebrating his father's birth centennial, a special version of Manick Sorcar’s laser-live extravaganza started on the 14th December and ran through the 23rd, for non-stop 10 days with one show per day and two shows on Sundays at Mahajati Sadan, the historic theatre of the Government of West Bengal.

Exterior and inside the Mahajati Sadan, Calcutta. People from all over came to watch
unique laser-live tribute to the Great Sorcar


(Above) A packed auditorium and two scenes from some of the items


(Above) Some of the laser arts on the Great Sorcar that were displayed in the art gallery at the lobby

(Right) Frenzy at the art gallery where admirers collect unique portraits of Sorcar,
(Right) some with autograph from the artist.

Regarding dedication to his father, Manick said on stage, “I am here not to talk about the great magician, but rather to share some of the rare moments in the relationship between a father and son. I have been an artist all my life - starting from being a painter, an animator, lighting designer, to being a laserist and applying all of that on stage. The source of all these go to the back stage of my father’s magic shows, where I did the art work and lighting design. He was the man who kindled my simultaneous interest in art and science, and then mix the two on stage ”. Manick then performed some of P.C. Sorcar’s popular magic items such as the “Birth of Pearl” and “Water of India”, bringing their presentation to the 21st Century with the application of the cutting-edge technology of laser and other type of intelligent lighting – to the great appreciation of the enthusiastic audience. The show also included two popular animation of Manick Sorcar, “The Sage and the Mouse” (Gold Medal, New York International Film Festival) and “Ekushe Aine” (Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film Festival) to the delight of the children at the audience. A unique art exhibition on the Great Sorcar was displayed at the lobby, which was filled with the art work of Manick in a variety of media. It included portraits that he had drawn as a teenager to the latest series of laser-art, seed-art, tile-collage, etc. showing P. C. Sorcar at different ages. The portraits were promptly collected by his admirers and art-collectors.