Magic for literacy

Gopinath Muthukad with the President.

Gopinath Muthukad with the President.  

THE MAGICIAN, Gopinath Muthukad, is dedicating a unique gift to the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, in the form of `Vismaya Vijnan', a project which is part of Muthukad's `Gandhi Mantra' mission, on the occasion of the First Citizen's 72nd birthday which falls on October 15.

The premiere of the Gandhi Mantra programme, described as `global experiments with truth', was held at the Gandhi Square in London, where it generated public interest, according to the magician. The mission now aims at making use of magic as a potent tool to educate the country's rural womenfolk.

At dusk on October 15, the `kalmandapam' at the Sanghumukhom beach in the State capital will witness a special function, to be organised jointly by the Departments of Public Relations and General Education of the State Government and the Academy of Magical Sciences, of which Muthukad is the executive director. The Vismaya Vijnan programme is to be formally launched at this function.

Muthukad points out that while offering his good wishes for the Gandhi Mantra mission at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on September 2, the President had suggested that magic be used as an effective tool to eradicate illiteracy among rural women. "Vismaya Vijnan is a humble reciprocation to the President's call,'' says the magician.

The highlights of the programme will be the staging of magic shows that vividly communicate the message of literacy and sensitise the general public on the value and power of letters. The programme would be launched in the presence of a large gathering which will include Ministers of the State Cabinet.

As part of the innovative programme, Muthukad would visit as many villages as possible in Kerala as well as Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Chattisgarh.

Hindi would be the medium for the performances in the northern States.

The magician is also ready to stage this programme in any part of Kerala, free of charge, if any literacy organisations take the initiative in this regard.

By Ajeth Kumar J.

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