On Jan 1., 2006, Colorado PBS stations will be airing ANIMATION OF INDIA by U.S.-based artist Manick Sorcar, reports WebIndia123.com. The hour and 45-minute program will start airing at 6:00 am.
"ANIMATION OF INDIA was selected for the early morning telecast as Saturday and holiday mornings are considered to be prime time for children's programs. This is when the kids get up and stay glued in front of their favorite cartoons, starting from dawn to mid-morning," Sorcar told IANS over phone from Denver.
Sorcar, a lighting design engineer by profession, is the son of illustrious Bengali magician P.C. Sorcar and brother of P.C. Sorcar Jr.
ANIMATION OF INDIA contains five of Sorcar's award-winning classics DEEPA AND RUPA: A FAIRY TALE FROM INDIA, THE SAGE AND THE MOUSE, THE WOODCUTTER'S DAUGHTER, SNIFF and RULE OF TWENTY-ONE.
While DEEPA AND RUPA, which won the Gold Plaque at the 26th Chicago International Film Festival, is based on a popular story from Bengal's THAKUMAR JHOOLI (GRANDMOTHER TALES), THE SAGE AND THE MOUSE (Gold Medal, 36th International Film Festival of New York) and THE WOODCUTTER'S DAUGHTER (Finalist, 40th Annual New York Festival) are from the fables of the Panchatantra.
SNIFF (C.I.N.E. Golden Eagle, Washington D.C.) and RULE OF TWENTY-ONE (Bronze Plaque, 51st Columbus International Film Festival) are based on two popular nonsense poems by satirist Sukumar Ray.
DEEPA AND RUPA is India's first film that mixed animation with live-action. All works are produced in English, except for SNIFF and RULE OF TWENTY-ONE, which are in Bengali with English subtitles.
Sorcars distinctive animation style focuses on giving Americans insight into the folklore and culture of rural India. You can learn more about him and his work at www.manicksorcar.com/.