The Charles A. Lory
Student Center is the focus of activities, programs, services
and facilities dedicated to enhancing Colorado State University
community in an environment that embraces diversity.
A scene from Manick Sorcar's
"Synergy", the opening item of "ASIA FANTASIA",
at the Lory Student Center. (Photograph by Timothy Adams).
|Manick Sorcar, with
wife Shikha, donate their show proceeds
to: Andy Sirotnak, MD, FAAP, the Director of the Kempe
Child Protection Team, standing next to Lois Robinson, Secretary,
and Stephanie Stronks Knapp, Co-Director of the Kempe Child
Protection Team, all with COPSAC (Colorado Professional
Society on the Abuse of Children).
April 9, 2005,
CSU, Fort Collins, CO, USA:
The event started sharp at 2 PM.
“Asia Fantasia”, the mega 3-hour event to raise money
and awareness for the victims of tsunami took place at the Lori
Student Center. The event, which was a multi-cultural entertaining
program performed by artists from USA, India, Indonesia, Thailand,
and Sri Lanka was highly successful raising over $10,000 for the
tsunami relief agencies in affected countries. It was organized
by the India Association of North Colorado, India Student Association,
Thai Student Association, Indonesian Student Association, Sri
Lanka Student Association, and the Faculty of the Colorado State
University at Fort Collins. The highlight of the program were
two items by Manick Sorcar Productions: the Opening Item “Synergy”,
and the Grand Finale “Underwater Fantasy”. The event
had a big news-splash in “The Coloradoan”, the popular
newspaper of Fort Collins, which printed a large picture of one
of Manick Sorcar’s item.
Prior to the opening of the main curtain, the children from Fort
Collins elementary schools held candles while Dr. Lena Sunthankar
sang a prayer to begin the program. The audience, volunteers,
performers - all joined together in a moment of silence to remember
victims of tsunami halfway around the world.
The goal of “Asia Fantasia” not only was to raise
funds for the tsunami victims, but also to bring an understanding
and awareness of the various types of cultures of the people of
that part of the world. Sorcar’s items contributed specifically
to that awareness. In “Synergy”, sixteen dancers of
different demographics danced together in harmony various forms
of dances of East and West, finally arriving synthesis. With fusion
music at the background, the dances were combined with dynamic
innovative lighting effects by moving-head intelligent lighting
and various forms of graphics, animation, and over-head visual
effects by laser, originating from the Statue of Liberty torch.
The innovative item, which was a symbol of love, peace, understanding,
and awareness was dedicated in memory of the victims of tsunami.
The grand finale items was Sorcar’s “Underwater Fantasy”,
where the audience was transported from the seats to the bottom
of the ocean. In the dreamlike colorful setting they were able
to be with the under-water creatures and witness the rescue of
the fairy-queen. The dance director for both items was Payal Sorcar.
The other entertainment items included a well-demonstrated slide
show of tsunami rehabilitation, impromptu music by Indo-American
Jazz Fusion Ensemble, Indonesian Folk Songs, a classical solo
dance from India by Poudre High School IB Girls, and an Indonesian
Martial Arts demonstration. The audience also learned welcome
sayings in Arabic, Indonesian, Sinhalese and Tamil - languages
spoken by those who were most impacted by the tsunami.
More than 50 items were sold in silent and live auctions which
included everything from restaurant gift certificates, homemade
meals, Jin Shin Jyutsu (Ancient Japanese Healing Art, to an autographed
picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the famous film star and the
current Governor of the State of California. Ken Salazar, the
Senator of the state of Colorado, sent his "sincere respect
and appreciation" to participants in a letter saying he "appreciated
the hard work and effort to coordinate the extra-ordinary benefit
Performing charity shows for raising
funds is not new to the Sorcar family. Proceeds from their programs
in 2001 were donated to the Kempe Child Protection Team, and to
the Red Cross for the tragedy of 9-11 at New York.