“GANDHI: A Laser Journey" premiere at
Ent Center for the Arts - a Grand Success!!
October 19, 2019, Colorado Springs:
“GANDHI: A Laser Journey”, the long awaited laser documentary on Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi enjoyed a thumping success at its premiere at the Shockley Zalabak Theatre, Ent Center for the Arts, University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS), Colorado, USA.
(Left) Ent Center for the Arts, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS), (Right) Front Entrance
Parts of the auditorium as it started getting filled
(Left) Dr. Venkat Reddy, Chancellor of University of Colorado Colorado Springs, introduces Manick Sorcar
and shakes his hand after giving the microphone to him. (Right) Manick Sorcar introduces the show in front of the
30ft wide x 10 ft high laser screens.
(Above) "Salt March" performed by little children, walking from rear of the auditorium to the stage.
Gandhi picks up some salt from the ocean shore and breaks the British law, stating:
'This salt comes from the Indian ocean; every Indian has its rights'.
"The show consists of two parts", explained Manick, "The first part is the Salt March, a short live action in front of laser-animated roaring ocean in the background. We decided to have this live performance done by children so that they will be familiar with the history and take pride in the action. The second part is a non-stop, one-hour laser show on the life story of Gandhi starting from his childhood to his death. It was our goal to hold the history with the help of cutting-edge laser technology where the strong beam of light would be used as a harmless painting brush to draw images, draw moving animation, and create space effects evoking emotions".
And indeed it did. "Blending together engineering, artistry and laser technology, Manick Sorcar is successful in creating an inspiring show for all ages", wrote Dr. Venkat Reddy, UCCS Chancellor, in his review of the show (see below for the complete text).
Scenes from GANDHI: A Laser Journey: (Top) Gandhi in South Africa talking to some of the
Indians living there, (Middle) Gandhi in prison in India, and (Bottom) Women blow conches as they pray for Gandhi's success in his Salt March with followers to the coastal city of Dandy,
241 miles away
from Ahmedabad, British India.
A review of the show by UCCS Chancellor
When Manick Sorcar and his wife Shikha came to the stage at the end of the show, they were received amidst bursting applause. Manick thanked all who participated in the show in various roles, particularly the little children who were involved in the "Salt March" at the beginning of the show, acting live in front of laser-animated ocean in the background.
Manick and Shikha amidst friends and admirers after the show