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Hundred years of Sorcar raj

Jadusamrat PC Sorcar’s centenary celebrations started on Thursday. The magician who took Indian sorcery to the world stage was born on February 23, 1913, in Tangail district of east Bengal (now Bangladesh). The family of magician PC Sorcar Junior, his second son, organised a tribute at Indrajaal, Sorcar’s home in Ballygunge. In picture left also are granddaughters Maneka, Moubani (seated) and Mumtaz and daughter-in-law Jayashree. One hundred lamps were lit in front of his portrait by former footballer PK Banerjee as well as little-known magicians who came over to pay tribute to the man whose signature tricks like the Water of India are still performed. Maneka, a magician, announced that an exhibition will be held at Gaganendra Pradarshashala from May 25 to 27. “We will exhibit Magic Dadu’s costumes, props and letters. Every month on the 23rd for the rest of the year, a tribute will be paid to him at Indrajaal. The year-long celebration will culminate in a programme on February 23, 2013, the details of which are being worked out. Our plans have been intimated to the chief minister and the mayor,” she said. It was Sorcar who had introduced the royal look for magicians shunning the three-piece suit that local magicians wore, following their Western counterparts. “We, his three sons, are celebrating the occasion in different ways. It does not matter that the government has not taken the initiative. Shob sorkar- er opor ektai Sorcar; tar naam PC Sorcar,” he smiled.

Text and picture by Sudeshna Banerjee