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Swamiji
Swamiji
is a 2012 laser documentary directed and produced by Manick Sorcar.[1] Based on the life story of Hindu
Hindu
monk Swami
Swami
Vivekananda (1863-1902), it is the first laser documentary made on an individual and the first full-length laser documentary ever to be shown in a performing arts center.[1] The documentary was produced on a budget of $125,000, utilizing eight color lasers, LED
LED
lights, smoke and haze machines, video projectors, a surround sound system, donated voice talent, song, animation modeling, and animation drawn by Manick Sorcar. The laser show was preceded by a Sanskrit prayer to the Holy Trio (Paramhansa Ramakrishna, Sarada Devi, and Swami
Swami
Vivekananda), and ‘Vandana’, based on a composition of Swami
Swami
Vivekananda
Vivekananda
in Bengali. The prayer and Vandana were live performances in combination with laser animation and atmospheric effects. In total, combined with the 56 minute laser documentary, the show had a running time of 75 minutes. Critics, Ramakrishna
Ramakrishna
Missions and Vedanta Societies around the world praised the documentary for its accurate depiction of Swami Vivekananda’s life. The production was shown in dozens of cities in India and the United States.[2]

Contents

1 Plot 2 Production 3 Premiere 4 Reception 5 Awards 6 References 7 External links

Plot[edit] The documentary begins with a slide show of an old pictorial book displaying black and white original scenes of 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago
Chicago
and Swamiji
Swamiji
at the Parliament of the World's Religions delivering his famous speech starting with "Sisters and brothers of America". As the audience gives a standing ovation, a gust of wind flipped the pages to the beginning of the storybook, where pictures come to life with bright multi-colored laser animation and 3D effects. The documentary included several of the major stages in Swami Vivekananda’s life including his birth, youth, meeting with his spiritual leader Sri Ramakrishna, taking his monastic vows, traveling across India as a penniless, itinerant monk, traveling to the United States as the first Hindu
Hindu
monk to speak at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, introducing yoga, lecturing around the United States and other countries, founding the Ramakrishna
Ramakrishna
Mission, and ultimately leaving behind a huge legacy.[3] Production[edit] The making of Swamiji
Swamiji
spanned six years, starting from Manick Sorcar's visit to the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago
in 2006,[4] when he was inspired to make the laser documentary on the philosopher-monk and started doing research on the subject with the help of the Art Institute library and the State Government of Illinois. The following years entailed research, building the storyboard, and developing the corresponding 3D special effects. The final production incorporated several color lasers, animation and atmospherics synchronized with intelligent lighting, haze machines, and surrounding sound system to present the mystical life story of the great monk. The objective of the unique laser show was to relive and spread the message of Swami Vivekananda
Vivekananda
of the 19th century in the light of the 21st century. There are two songs in it. The lyrics for "Mano Chalo Nijo Niketane" were written by Ajay Udayanath Pakrashi and sung by Anindya Basu; and the lyrics for "Prabhuji Mero Awagun Chit Na Dharo" were written by Surdas, and sung by Durga Rahul. Premiere[edit] In India, the premier took place on 10 October 2012 at the Grand Theater of Science City,[5] Kolkata the largest science center in the Indian subcontinent under National Council of Science Museums, Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The show was organized by the Ramakrishna
Ramakrishna
Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata and inaugurated by Ms. Kumari Selja,[1] Minister for Culture, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India, who lit the lamp followed by Vedic Chanting by Ramakrishna
Ramakrishna
Mission devotees. In the United States, the premiere took place on 24 August 2013 at the Colorado Height University Theater, Denver, Colorado, organized by SEWA International, USA.[1] On 20 January 2013 it was nationally telecast in India by the ABP Ananda News Channel of Anandabazar Patrika, Kolkata. Reception[edit] The show has been widely acclaimed by critics. The Ramakrishna
Ramakrishna
Math and Ramakrishna
Ramakrishna
Mission, Belur Math, Howrah, India said "It was as if he was painting the events of Swamiji’s life with a paintbrush before our eyes. It was fascinating." The show took place on 31 January 2014 at Belur Math
Belur Math
campus, attended by 15,000 people.[5] The Times of India wrote: "the documentary uses cutting-edge laser technology to transport the audience to a world where art fuses with science seamlessly."[3] In a review of the show in Delhi, Ramakrishna
Ramakrishna
Mission, Delhi
Delhi
wrote: "It is difficult to express in words the quality of production. Apart from the very impressive display of laser technique, what really gladdened our hearts was the accuracy, authenticity and the appropriate nature of the choice of incidents, music, narration, etc...It gives wonderful glimpse of his work in the West as well as in India. It highlights some of the most important and soul-stirring messages of Swamiji. In our view the Western audience would appreciate the show even more because Swami
Swami
Vivekananda's message of harmony has been beautifully highlighted."[6] In a review of the show in Houston, Texas, Indo American News wrote: "The sixth annual fundraiser of Sewa International held at the Stafford Center on Sept 8 was a resounding success being a totally sold out event thanks to the featured attraction, Manick Sorcar’s one of-a-kind unique laser documentary on the life of Swami Vivekananda. [...] The audience was spellbound and proved to be very emotional for several and the Houston crowd honored him with a standing ovation."[7] Voice of Asia TV News wrote: "A pencil torch emitting laser light turned into a magic wand and the magic of light brought to life the ever green story of a world famous monk, known as Swami
Swami
Vivekananda. The expectant audience, unfamiliar with the technique of laser show, was perhaps looking for a miracle and miracle, indeed, occurred as ships sailed, trains arrived, men and women walked and children played, all walks of life continued, bound and shaped by sheer light…The art of cartoon and animation reached its zenith in the hands of the reputed Laserist Manick Sorcar."[8] Awards[edit] At the 25th International Laser Display Association Annual Conference on 6 November 2013 in Aalen, Germany, Manick Sorcar received the " Special
Special
Achievement Award for Cultural Enlightenment". He was "Awarded for exceptional merit in using laser display to celebrate India’s heritage, and to prepare the next generation by introducing a course on laser art and animation and establishing the Manick Sorcar Laser Animation Laboratory at Jadavpur University".[9] References[edit]

^ a b c d " Swami
Swami
Vivekananda's life depicted in laser". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 June 2014.  ^ "Of lasers and monks: Arvada engineer, artist illuminates a great soul". The Denver Post. Retrieved 9 June 2014.  ^ a b " Swami
Swami
Vivekananda's life depicted in laser". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 June 2014.  ^ "Science merges with art in laser tribute to Vivekananda". Zee News. Retrieved 9 June 2014.  ^ a b "Laser show on Swamiji". The Telegraph. Retrieved 9 June 2014.  ^ "Pravrajika Brahmaprana interviewed on Public Radio". Ramakrishna Vedanta Society
Vedanta Society
of North Carolina. Retrieved 7 July 2014.  ^ " Manick Sorcar at His Best – Laser Documentary on Swami Vivekananda". Indo American News. Retrieved 7 July 2014.  ^ "Lavish laser show throws light on Swami
Swami
Vivekananda". Voice of Asia Online. Retrieved 7 July 2014.  ^ "Indian-American honored for laser displays of Indian heritage". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 

External links[edit]

Swamiji
Swamiji
Official Website

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Swami
Swami
Vivekananda

Biography

Birthplace Prayer to Kali at Dakshineswar Baranagar Math Swami
Swami
Vivekananda's travels in India (1888–1893) Teachers

Ramakrishna Sarada Devi Relationship with Ramakrishna

at the Parliament of the World's Religions
Parliament of the World's Religions
(1893) in California

Works and philosophy

Teachings and philosophy

Teachings and philosophy Vivekananda
Vivekananda
and meditation Influence and legacy of Vivekananda Neo-Vedanta

Books

Bibliography Sangeet Kalpataru Bartaman Bharat Inspired Talks Jnana Yoga Karma Yoga Lectures from Colombo to Almora My Master Raja Yoga The East and the West

Poems/Songs

"Kali the Mother" Khandana Bhava–Bandhana "My Play is Done" The Hymn of Samadhi The Song of the Sannyasin To the Fourth of July Nachuk Tahate Shyama

Lectures

"Buddhism, the Fulfilment of Hinduism" Christ, the Messenger Religion not the crying need of India Vedanta Philosophy

Miscellaneous

Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached Atmano mokshartham jagat hitaya cha Bahujana sukhaya bahujana hitaya cha

Foundations

Advaita Ashrama Belur Math Ramakrishna
Ramakrishna
Math Ramakrishna
Ramakrishna
Mission Udbodhan Vedanta Society
Vedanta Society
(New York)

Disciples and friends

Monastic disciples

Shuddhananda Virajananda Swarupananda Paramananda

Other disciples and friends

Ajit Singh of Khetri Alasinga Perumal Emma Calvé J. J. Goodwin John Henry Wright Josephine MacLeod Sara Chapman Bull Sister Christine Sister Nivedita Abhayananda William Hastie

Memorials

Vivekananda
Vivekananda
Rock Memorial National Youth Day (India) Swami
Swami
Vivekananda
Vivekananda
Airport Swami
Swami
Vivekananda
Vivekananda
Road metro station Swami
Swami
Vivekanand Nagar Vivekanandar Illam Vivekananda
Vivekananda
Setu Swami
Swami
Vivekananda
Vivekananda
statue (Golpark, Kolkata) 150th birth anniversary of Swami
Swami
Vivekananda Swami
Swami
Vivekananda
Vivekananda
Youth Employment Week Vivek Express

Artistic depictions

Films

Swami
Swami
Vivekananda
Vivekananda
(1955) Bireswar
Bireswar
Vivekananda
Vivekananda
(1964) Swami
Swami
Vivekananda
Vivekananda
(1998) Swamiji
Swamiji
(2012) The Light: Swami
Swami
Vivekananda
Vivekananda
(2013)

Dramas

Biley Bireswar

Educational institutions named after Vivekananda

Chhattisgarh Swami
Swami
Vivekanand Technical University Ramakrishna
Ramakrishna
Mission Vivekananda
Vivekananda
University Ramakrishna
Ramakrishna
Mission Vivekananda
Vivekananda
Centenary College Swami
Swami
Vivekananda
Vivekananda
Subharti University Swami
Swami
Vivekanand University, Madhya Pradesh Vivekanda Degree College, Kukatpally Vivekananda
Vivekananda
Degree College, Puttur Vivekananda
Vivekananda
Global University Vivekananda
Vivekananda
Institution Vivekananda
Vivekananda
Kendra Vidyalaya Vivekananda
Vivekananda
Vidya Mandir

Books on Vivekananda

Swami
Swami
Vivekananda
Vivekananda
on Himself Life and Philosophy of Swami
Swami
Vivekananda Notes of some wanderings with the Swami
Swami
Vivekananda Swami
Swami
Vivekananda: Messiah of Resurgent India Swami
Swami
Vivekananda
Vivekananda
in the West: New Discoveries Pransakha Vivekananda Rousing Call to Hindu
Hindu
Nation The Master as I Saw Him

Researchers

Sankari Prasad Basu Mani Shankar Mukherjee

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