Wednesday, 21 November, 2007
Magical teachings in Naxal prone Jharkhand
Jamshedpur: Magician Gopinath Muhukad performed magic shows in the Naxal prone villages in the peripherals of Jamshedpur to educate the villagers about the futility of violence and terrorism. Mr. Muthukad and team have arrived Jharkhand to offer magical tributes to martyr Birsa Munda a prominent tribal leader in the freedom movement of the country. The magician is leading a national integration Vismay Bharat Yatra from Kanyakumari to Kashmir.
The magic team went to Dhusra and Pagad village hamlets at the foot of Dalma hills in the outskirts of the ‘steel city’. Villagers here lack basic amenities including electricity and education. Before curious tribal folks of Santal sect, Mr. Muthukad set aside his usual style and performed pure street magic as traditional street magicians do. He produced a sheep out of an inverted basket and presented it to a 13-year-old girl Srimati. Vegetables produced from thin air were a strange gift for another girl, Droupati Singh. As the magician took out magic one after the other, smile appeared on the faces of the poorly clad women and children to whom there have been no magic in their dismal lives.
An adroit in messaging magic shows, Mr. Muthukad easily became one among them. Through palatable magical language, he has taught them to pursue the path of Gandhiji’s nonviolence and not to fall prey to the evils of violence. Amalendu Rauth, headmaster of a local school joined the magic team as an interpreter.
After Jamshedpur, the magical entourage’s next venue is in Bhuvaneshwar on 20th. They will also perform in Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Chennai, Trichy and Madurai before culminating their 60-day-long voyage in Kanyakumari on 30th. On the culmination day, the Government of Kerala will be offering a formal reception to Mr. Muthukad and team in Thiruvananthapuram.
The Yatra has been chiefly sponsored by the Ministry of Defence, Nehru Yuva Kendra, Life Insurance Corporation of India and Union Bank of India.