Protul Chandra Sorcar
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P. C. Sorcar
Born(1913-02-23)23 February 1913
Died6 January 1971(1971-01-06) (aged 57)
NationalityIndian
OccupationMagician
Spouse(s)Basanti Devi

Protul Chandra Sorcar (23 February 1913 – 6 January 1971) was an Indian magician.[1] He was an internationally active magician throughout the 1950s and 1960s, performing his Indrajal show before live audiences and on television. Sorcar died of a heart attack at the age of 57 in Asahikawa, Hokkaidō, Japan, on 6 January 1971, where he was performing.[2]

Career

Sorcar became famous in the mid-1930s, when he performed shows in Kolkata and also in Japan and several other countries. Among other routines, he performed a Floating Lady routine featuring aerial suspension in 1964.[3] Ganapati Chakraborty was his mentor.[4]

His self-appointed title was 'TW'sGM' - The World's Greatest Magician.[citation needed]

Personal life

Sorcar was married to Basanti Devi. They were the parents of the animator, director and laserist Manick Sorcar and magicians P. C. Sorcar Jr. and P. C. Sorcar, Young.

Awards

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Postage stamp

Sorcar on a 2010 stamp of India
Sorcar on a 2010 stamp of India

On 23 February 2010, India Post issued a commemorative stamp to honour him.[5][6]

Publications

See also

References

  1. ^ Parvez, Md Masud (2012). "Sorcar, PC". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  2. ^ "PC Sorcar: India's 'maharajah of magic' who terrified the UK". BBC.
  3. ^ "Magic of PC Sorcar Senior". Archived from the original on 27 November 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  4. ^ "P. C. Sorcar | The Asian Age Online, Bangladesh". The Asian Age. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Postage Stamps". India Post.
  6. ^ "Postage stamp on P.C. Sorcar issued". The Hindu. 24 February 2010.