"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 phenomenal 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 happened. Today Sorcar's five children are highly educated scholars, well established in their respective fields. Mrs. Sorcar passed away on December 26, 2009.
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 an animator, engineer, and a Laserist. His simultaneous interest in science and art took place back stage where as a boy he did the lighting and art design for his father's world-touring shows. After getting a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from IIT-BHU, he moved to the USA and earned an MS in EE from the University of Washington, Seattle. The work at back-stage proved to be a fertile training ground for the young man who became a well-known electrical engineer in the U.S. whose career-reel as the owner of Sorcar Engineering company includes illuminating such icons as the Denver International Airport, Colorado Convention Center, Japanese sports centers and authoring three lighting design texts for universities. But the success in engineering did not cast any shadow in his deep love and creativity for art, which flourished into many forms such as fine arts, animation and stage shows. From the outset his endeavors were underlined by one goal: to bring the East to the West through his innovative creations. His animated films, all based on children's stories from India won top awards at international film festivals, nationally telecast in India as well as in the PBS channels of the USA for 22 years in a row. In the late nineties, he took animation to a different level by using Laser as the medium and innovatively mixing it with live action on stage giving him international recognition. He is a two-time winner of the prestigious ILDA Artistic Awards from the International Laser Display Association, USA. On January 10, 2011, he received the Bharat Samman (India Honor): Achievers Award 2010 at the XXI Annual Meet NRI Divas 2011 of the NRI (Non-Resident Indian) Institute in New Delhi from Pawan K. Bansal, the Honorable Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Govt. of India. On November 6, 2013, at Aalen, Germany, he was bestowed with the Special Achievement Award for Cultural Enlightenment by the ILDA , for his laser shows on Indian theme and for opening Laser for Arts and Animation course as a part of Illumination Engineering at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. On May 24, 2014 he was honored with the IIT-BHU Alumni Life Time Achievement Award for the year 2013-14 for his 'outstanding contributions in the field of Cultural and Enlightenment through Science and Arts'. He received the coveted award in New Delhi from the hands of Manoj Sinha, the Hon. Minister of State (Railways), Govt. of India. Manick never took magic as a profession but attributes all his accomplishments in mixing art with science to his father. He lives with his family in Colorado, 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 occasions 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 "Indrajal" show and has been an independent, highly successful magician ever since. Sorcar performances have included the "disappearance" of the Taj Mahal and the Indore-Amritsar Express of India. In 1998 he received the Merlin Award in magic. In 1989 he produced and acted in a children's movie 'Gili Gili Ge'. During his early shows in India 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 doctoral degree in psychology from Calcutta University. He lives in Kolkata, 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 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. His son, Pourush, is the next generation of "P. C. Sorcar" - a promising young magician already popular by the name P.C. Sorcar, Master. He is the only grandson of the Great Sorcar and the bearer of the torch of magic.