"Behind every successful man there is a woman" is probably the least statement that can be made for Protul Chandra's wife Basanti Sorcar, who was instrumental not only in the building of her husband's career but also for her five children. Mrs. Sorcar, the daughter of Pramatha Nath Majumder, a renowned medical doctor of Mymensing (it lies in Bangladesh today) never did appear on stage following the orthodox Hindu tradition. But her contribution behind the stage was the back bone of Sorcar's phenomenol success. In the early days of his career it was she who made the costumes, stitched the draperies and remained a constant source of inspiration throughout his life. While her husband was away for long tours with his elaborate magic shows, it was she who took care of the home, raised her five children and took them to school. "Education first" was the motto of the Sorcar family, and it was the mother who made sure it happended. Today Sorcar's five children are highly educated scholars, well established in their respective fields.
All five children were instruments in their father's magic shows and took part in being an assistant on stage ever since they were very young. His eldest daughter, Ila, and second daughter, Geeta, were stage-assistants until they were in college. Ila, who is a scholar in Sanskrit and holds a Ph.D in it, is married to Ashok Palit, a high ranking officer with the Indian Administrative Service. Geeta, holder of a bachelor's degree in Arts and an accomplished sculptor and painter, is married to Partha Sarathi Chaudhuri, another high ranking officer with the Indian Administrative Service. Both of them currently reside with their families in Calcutta.
Sorcar's three sons, too, are highly educated and were profoundly instrumental in the success of their father's magic shows. Like their sisters, all three brothers were assistants on stage in addition to being critics.
His eldest son, Prafulla (well known as Manick Sorcar), is a renowned animator, engineer, and a laserist. As a youngster, he painted his father's magic sets, back drops and designed intriguing lighting effects, which eventually made him an electrical engineer as well as an artist. Although he deeply respected his father and liked to do magic, from the very beginning he believed in having a career of his own, built on his own name with own efforts. He moved to USA to earn a master's degree in electrical enginering where he explored mixing light with art. This led to a series of self-developed animation mixed with live action which received over a dozen top awards at international film festivals. An author of several university texts on lighting, today he is the CEO and president of Sorcar Engineering, Inc., a reputable consulting engineering firm of Denver, Colorado, and the executive director of Manick Sorcar Productions, which, in addition to traditional animation, produces large-scale stage shows where he integrates live action with three-dimensional animation made with cutting-edge technology of laser. Manick lives with his family in Denver, USA.
Sorcar's second and third sons, like their other siblings, too, contributed significantly in their father's magic shows. His second son Prodip (well known as P.C. Sorcar, jr) took an early interest in performing magic and toured with his father in more occassions than the others. He was performing his own magic shows while he was still a college student and performed death-defying acts such as escaping from a locked box under ocean. After his father's untimely death in Japan, he flew there to continue his father's "Ind-Dra-Jal" show and has been an independent, highly successful magician ever since. During his early shows in Calcutta as well as in Japan after his father's demise, he was greatly assisted by both his brothers in establishing his career. Prodip holds a master's degree in psychology from Calcutta University. He lives in Calcutta, India, with his family.
Like his older brother, Sorcar's third son, Provas, (well known as P.C.
Sorcar, young) is also an independent highly successful magician following
the footsteps of his father. Like his other brothers, Provas contributed
significantly in his father's shows by being a key assistant. After his
father's death, he continued carrying on magic shows with the same title
"Indrajal". In addition to his own magic shows, he is also an accomplished
Indian classical ballet dancer, as well as an aviator - having obtained
both private and commercial pilot's license from the Director General of
Civil Aviation, Government of India. Provas holds a master's degree
in applied mathematics from Calcutta University. He lives with his family
in Calcutta, India.