P. C. Sorcar

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Protul Chandra Sorcar
P.C. Sorcar
Born (1913-02-23)23 February 1913
Tangail, Bengal, British Raj (Present day Bangladesh)
Died 6 January 1971(1971-01-06) (aged 57)
Ashaikawa, Hokkaidō, Japan
Ethnicity Bengali
Occupation Magician
Religion Hinduism
Spouse(s) Basanti Devi

P.C. Sorcar (Bengali: পি সি সরকার) (23 February 1913 - 6 January 1971) was the stage name of Protul Chandra Sorcar (Bengali: প্রতুলচন্দ্র সরকার), a famous magician. 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 58 in Ashaikawa, Hokkaidō, Japan, on January 6, 1971, where he was performing.

Early life[edit]

Professional life[edit]

He became famous from the mid-1930s, when he performed shows in Kolkata and also in Japan and several other countries. Among other routines he performed, for example, a Floating Lady routine featuring aerial suspension in 1964.[1]

Family life[edit]

P. C. Sorcar was married to the late Basanti Devi (died December 26, 2009, Kolkata). They were the parents of animator, director, and laserist Manick Sorcar and magicians P.C. Sorcar, Jr., and P.C. Sorcar, Young.


  • Jadusamrat P.C. Sorcar Sarani The Government of India has named a major street in Calcutta after him
  • Padma Shri (the Lotus), awarded by the President of India on January 26, 1964
  • The Sphinx (Oscar of Magic), USA, 1946 and 1954
  • The Royal Medallion, German Magic Circle

Postage stamp[edit]

On 23 February 2010, Indian Post issued a Rs. 5/- stamp to honour him.[2]

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Notable people of P. C. Sorcar family

Basanti Devi
P.C. Sorcar
Manick Sorcar
Shikha Devi
P.C. Sorcar, Jr.
Jayashree Devi
P.C. Sorcar, Young
Piya Sorcar
Payal Sorcar
Maneka Sorcar
Moubani Sorcar
Mumtaz Sorcar