Sunday, 2 December, 2007
A marvelous finish for magical voyage at Kanyakumari
Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister, Suresh Rajan (Right) presents Veera Vall (Sword of Valour) to magician Gopinath Muthukad to mark the successful culmination of the latter's Vismay Swaraj Yatra from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Near the Minister stands the proprietor of Shajahans Jewellers, Shajahan.
Kanyakumari, the confluence centre of three oceans at the southern peninsular tip of India, saw a meaningful culmination to Vismay Swaraj Yatra, the 60-day-long magical voyage led by magician Gopinath Muthukad and team. As the sky up above the western sea was painted red by a setting Sun, down below the shores, lights were glowing at the Gandhi Smriti Mandapam, for the final performance by the magical entourage.
Several visitors, passersby, footpath vendors along with a creamy layer of scholarly people of the Indian cape town, were then truly taken to a world of magic that sumptuously messaged on the story of Indian freedom struggle from 1857 to 1947. The show sent a timely notice to the spectators that peace cannot be protected unless the countrymen gather synergy to defeat the forces of terrorism and separatism.
A complex illusion was adopted to show how through a peaceful means, tricolour flags could ultimately win the Indian skies overpowering those of the British. But Mr. Muthukad resorted to a very simple rope trick to beautifully portray the Gandhian dream of establishing a religious harmony without conservative barriers.
Kanyakumari being one of the chief tourism hubs of the country, for hundreds of visitors from north Indian destinations, Mr. Muthukad's magic became an amazing adhesive that furthered their bondage towards the motherland. This was conspicuous in the uproarious shouting of patriotic slogans in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam and English languages by a seemingly cosmopolitan crowd. In the backdrop, the unending waves along the shores continued patting the feet of the great subcontinent, singing yet another nonstop song in reverence of the great nation.
Taking a homely sojourn: Inside Shajahans Jewellers, magician Gopinath Muthukad enjoys a short break, talking with its chief, Shajahan (center), his son, Althaf Shajahan (right) and the Secretary of the Nagercoil Press Club, Manikandan.
In honour of the magician's unbeatable march for a national cause, Tamil Nadu tourism Minister Suresh Rajan presented a traditional Veera Vall (Sword of Valour) of Tamil Nadu to Mr. Muthukad. Absolutely absorbed by the poignant show, the Minister could only wish that it would have been the best panacea for the challenges faced by the country if every one emulated Mr. Muthukad in rendering their best service for the unity of the country.
The valedictory to the meaningful magical national integration voyage was organised by a committee constituted under the aegis of the Press Club of Nagercoil and the town's leading gold shop, Shajahan's Jewellers. Besides the Tourism Minister, an array of dignitaries including Press Club President Renganathan, Secretary, Manikandan, proprietor of Shajahan's Jewellers, Shajahan and Senior Divisional Manager of Life Insurance corporation of India, T.S. Subramanian were on the dais extolling the magical mission.
By the time the magical mission marked a meaningful culmination, the sun was entirely vanished in the depths of the Arabian Sea. The Sun will shine again the next day, every one knows it. And quite appropriately, the culmination of Vismay Swaraj Yatra gestured a beginning of yet another effort by Mr. Muthukad, to whom magic is not only a passion, but also an ever-engrossing mission.