Wendy Luna, the author of the book "East Meets West: The Animation of Manick Sorcar".
She had earlier done her research paper on the works of the animator for a bachelor's degree in fine Arts
July 4, 2010:
The news was the cover story in the India Abroad section of India Blooms online magazine this morning. It read:
"U.S. Writer Pens Book on India-Born Animator"
Denver, USA, July 4 (IBNS): A new book launched here on the works of India-born animator Manick Sorcar introduces the Americans to the rich and exotic storyboards of Indian fables and nonsense rhymes that are adapted by Sorcar for making award-winning animation films.
Manick Sorcar, a lighting design engineer by profession, is the son of late legendary Indian magician P.C. Sorcar whose animation films like 'Deepa and Rupa: A Fairy Tale From India', 'The Sage and the Mouse', and 'Sniff' among others won several major awards in international festivals.
"East Meets West: The Animation of Manick Sorcar”, the newly launched book, is written by Wendy Luna who had earlier done her research paper on the works of the animator.
In 2005, “Manick Sorcar: Animations that Teach Indian Cultures” was the topic of the research paper of Wendy Luna, a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.
Her paper, which included a thorough research on Sorcar's work, went deep inside his animation films – all of which are based on children’s fables from India.
“My non-Western, distinctive style received a quick recognition in her research. The fascination continued as Wendy finally came out with this book,” Sorcar told IBNS.
In her Preface for the book, Wendy Luna wrote: "This book is just a brief glimpse into the vast collection of Sorcar's artwork, all of which touch the human spirit and spread the cultural history of India.”
Wendy Luna is an avid enthusiast of visual arts who currently pursues a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership at Argosy University.
“His unique and personal creative ideas exceed some of the large companies’ consistent styles which tend to be overly standard to the animation business. They are unique because his intentions are not,” said Luna.
Sorcar shot to limelight in the early 1990s for his first animation in combination with live action, Deepa and Rupa: A Fairy Tale From India, which won a series of prestigious awards at several film festivals.
Mixing animation with live performances, he has produced children's videos from the basement of his home in Denver.
(Reporting by Sujoy Dhar)
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