Thursday, 28 May, 2009

Magical composition to relive spells of an ancient magician

Glorious tale: A scene from ‘Vismay Malhar’. (From left) Gopinath Muthukad as Kaipuzha Thampan; Devan as Swathi Thirunal and Poojappura Radhakrishnan as Kottarathil Sankunni.

Thiruvananthapuram: The Magic Academy can take pride from the very fact that its 13th anniversary celebrations are preceded by a tribute paid to an ancient magician. Conceived by the Academy’s Executive Director, Gopinath Muthukad, is a magical composition named,‘Vismay Malhar’, based on the 100-year-old book, ‘Aithihyamala’.

Tale of Thampan
Written by Kottarathil Sankunni who lived during 1855-1937, the fifth book in the Aithihyamala tells about Kaipuzha Thampan, a magician, who used to entertain Travancore King, Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma during 1829-1846.

The book, Aithihyamala

“Ours is a tribute to both Kaipuzha Thampan, a predecessor to magicians and Kottarathil Sankunni, the blessed writer who made legends immortal”, says Mr. Muthukad. King Swathi Thirunal was also great contributor and fan of classical music. The name Vismay Malhar is derived from the classical Hindustani Rag, ‘Megh Malhar’, believed to have power to bring rain wherever sung. The coming together of the three characters would be the most captivating visual treat. In a function chaired by the Academy’s patron, O.N.V. Kurup, Chief Minister, V.S. Achuthanandan will inaugurate the show at 6pm on 30th of May at Tagore Theatre.

Film stars
Noted film star Devan comes as Swathi Thirunal whereas the writer Kottarathil Sankunni’s role is played by Poojappura Radhakrishnan. Mr. Muthukad appears as Kaipuzha Thampan. The script for this unique composition is made by Sreekanth Kottakkal. Playback singer, G. Venugopal has recited a poem penned by O.N.V. Kurup.

Team behind Vismay Malhar during a video session.

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