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Laser art book:
"World of Manick Sorcar: Where Art Becomes Magic"

"World of Manick Sorcar"  Click for larger viewA new book has been published about the life and art of ILDA Member Manick Sorcar. Among the many art forms Manick has worked with is, of course, laser. He is a two-time ILDA Award winner, most recently for "Reflection" which was the cover for the Summer 2008 Laserist magazine. (Manick was also interviewed in the magazine's pages.)

Authored by Roma Sur, the 210-page hardcover book extensively documents Manick's artworks, cartoons, animations and laser art. There are 60 laser-related pages with laser-only images as well as many works where laser is incorporated into dance or other art forms. The book is so up-to-date, that it includes a laser portrait of Barack Obama after he won the Democratic party nomination in August 2008, plus photos from the September 2008 ILDA cruise.

This is a must-have for anyone interested in laser shows and especially in laser as an art form. The non-laser chapters are just as fascinating; for example, Manick creates artworks in many media including portraits made of seeds and of newspaper clippings.

In the book's Foreword, ILDA Executive Director Patrick Murphy wrote: "Like an onion, Manick is a man of many layers. Each is impressive in its own right. The combination is unique. ILDA is fortunate to have Manick Sorcar gracing us with his work. India, America, and the rest of the world are fortunate to experience the unique media of laser, through the vision of Manick Sorcar"

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Manick Sorcar with his book, and two sample pages. (Click for larger views)

Available at Amazon or at a discount to ILDA Members

The book "World of Manick Sorcar" is available at at the list price of USD $45. You can read more about the book at the Amazon webpage.

Manick Sorcar is graciously making signed copies available to ILDA Members for $35. This amount includes free shipping within the US. To obtain a signed copy, send a check for $35 to "Manick Sorcar Productions", 5400 Ward Road, Bldg. III, Suite L-80, Arvada, CO 80002. If you are an ILDA Member outside the US, email to Manick (address: his first name plus an @ sign plus to make arrangements for a signed copy.

Additional information on the book is available at This includes a story about the book's launch at the Kolkata Press Club in India, and a book signing in Denver.

From the book jacket

"Over the past thirty years, Manick Sorcar has been leading a double life. Based in Denver, Colorado, Sorcar is the CEO of Sorcar Engineering, Inc. during the day, working on large-scale technical projects such as the lighting design for Denver International Airport concourses, sport centers in Japan and palaces for Saudi princes. By night, he transforms into an artist, a cartoonist, an animator and a laserist....

With 447 color plates including 44 cartoon pictures, this lavishly illustrated book goes into the mind of a figure who is an enigma to many. He is a rare combination of science and art and a genius at marrying the two worlds.... Every chapter is an amazing array of his work starting with multimillion-dollar lighting projects, to his artworks in a wide variety of media -- tile, slate, newspapers, spices, Styrofoam, digital and laser.... At his zenith as a successful engineer, artist and animator, Sorcar launched upon large-scale laser shows where all his skills converged like rivers into an ocean."

ISBN 978-1-60725-289-4, Library of Congress CN: 2008934895, Galaxylight Books, 8.5" x 11", 210 pages, 447 color plates, $45.00

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