Monday 12 November 2007

India Gate opens to an inspiring magic

First time in history

New Delhi: Gopinath Muthukad’s patriotic magic shows inspired a big crowd of passers by, visitors and dignitaries at the foot of the national icon, India Gate here on 18th Oct.
The programme was organized by the Ceremonial and Welfare Directorate of the Indian Army and the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan as part of the magician’s Vismay Swaraj Yatra. The show was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Labour and Employment, Oscar Fernandez, who along with other dignitaries set free pairs of pigeons magically created out of thin air by the magician.
The segregated space very near to the Amar Jawan Jyoti that has been under the exclusive custody of Indian Army, was opened for the magic team. Unlike formal magic shows, the performance here by Mr. Muthukad had all salient features of a street play.
Inspiring message
The show began drawing everyone’s attention to an ancient Indian civilization. To an overwhelming applause and flashes from the media cameras, the magic team presented their show in a thoroughly new style.
As the evening Sun settled down on the horizon over Rashtrapathi Bhawan, the team concluded their patriotically-charged magic show sending a strong message against terrorism and secessionism.
Elite gathering
Dignitaries including the Secretary to the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, A.K. Arora, Director General of the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Shakeel Ahamed Khan and heroin of yesteryears and a prominent socialite Nafeesa Ali were searching for enough words to describe the feel they could gain from the majestic performance.
Magic before monuments
Red Fort, Kutab Minar and Gandhi Smriti were also venues for the meaningful demonstrations.
At occasions, such shows were surprising sources of joy for the visitors.
Regardless of age and gender, people thronged around the magic team getting themselves led to a world of wonders and worthy
messages.

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