Monday, 23 February, 2009

One-day convention rekindles Vazhakunnam memories

Thrissur: A one-day meet of magicians organized jointly by the Institute of Magic & Allied Arts, here and the Yugami Arts & Sports Club, Thiruvegappura has relived memories of Vazhakunnam Neelakantan Namboodiri, the doyen of Kerala magic. As reported by the convenor, T.V. Balakrishnan, the event titled, ‘Maanthrika Sparsam 2009’ had a packed schedule of assorted activities. The day’s programme began with an inaugural function presided over by the Executive Director of the Magic Academy, Gopinath Muthukad. Noted caricaturist, Jayaraj Warrier inaugurated the event. Secretary of the Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Akademy, Prabhakaran Pazhassi offered felicitations. Memorial talks were given by magicians, Junior Mandrake, Joy Oliver, Sreekumar Kalathil, Pachu and Raghavan. Convenor of the event, T.V. Balakrishnan welcomed the guests and Sarang recorded thanks.


In the State level competitions held soon after, Sreenath R. (left), son of magician Sreekumar Kalathil emerged first to clinch the coveted Vazhakunnam memorial ever rolling trophy. The second and third places were owned respectively by Yadunath Palliyath of Kasaragode and Leons George of Pala. Mr. George, who is closer to the Academy as a magic trainer and performer, has informed VMN that the win has made him happy.

In the junior level competition, Sanjusha Sathish (photo, right, Vatakara) has outshined other contestants to bag first prize. Second and third prizes went to Aswin Raj (Ernakulam) and Madhu Manohar (Thrissur). Master Richin (Kottayam) got a consolation prize. Prizes were sponsored by Dubai-based Kerala magician, Tomy Manjooran.

Palladam Yona, Nilambur Pradeep Kumar and Pradeep Houdino were present. K.S. Ramesh presented ‘Journey through magic’, a seminar.

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