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CREATING AWARENESS: The magic show by Gopinath Muthukad in Kochi on Wednesday.
CREATING AWARENESS: The magic show by Gopinath Muthukad in Kochi on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

The show is about a period when rain was metaphor of love for us. Then it became a threat, with epidemics.

KOCHI: Magician Gopinath Muthukad is on the move. To recapture the romance of monsoon. His latest touring show, Monsoon Magic, is about making people aware about the health hazards rain could bring and how to counter them and thus, fall in love with rain. As we once used to do.

“The show is about a period when rain was metaphor of love for us. Then it became a threat, with epidemics. A little precaution can help us to avoid that. This concept was formed during the chikungunya outbreak last year, but it was late by then. So we thought of starting this show at the onset of monsoon,” said Mr. Muthukad.

The 30-minute show started from Kollam on June 6 and was presented at Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Idukki before it was staged at Town Hall here on Wednesday. District panchayat president P.S. Shyla inaugurated the show.

The show was about how to prevent spread of monsoon diseases and how to conserve Nature. It showed how diseases spread from one person to become an epidemic if left unattended to. “The accent was on dry day observance. Since magic appeals to all sections of society, we are sure the message will be driven home effectively. All those who have watched the show will ensure water is not left in the open for mosquito to breed or will think twice before accepting plastic carry bags from shops,” said the magician on a confident note.

And he is not stopping at that. He wants to take the art of magic closer to social issues. Even after the touring show ends at Thiruvananthapuram on June 19, originally it was scheduled to end at Kasargod, but it was changed as the show did not take off as planned from the State capital due to hartal.

“I am planning to discuss with the Mayor here on the possibilities of having an extended campaign on issues like proper disposal of garbage. What we have in mind is presenting the magic on the streets, without any paraphernalia associated with a proscenium production,” Mr. Muthukad said.

His idea is to form 8 to 10 small teams of magicians performing at street corners and try to pass on the message in short presentations of 10 minutes. Just like that, casually, but effectively. Mr. Muthukaddraws inspiration from a variety of sources – from the poem on rain by Sugathakumari to the rain picture by news photographer Victor George.

For the Kochiites, nothing short of a magic will save them from the crisis they are heading to this monsoon.

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