Tuesday, 13 October, 2009

Second leg of Stop SAD starts rolling


Minister of Excise, P.K. Gurudasan inaugurates second leg of 'Stop SAD' mission by Gopinath Muthukad at the Shanghumukham beach in the city.

Thiruvananthapuram: Second leg of Kerala tour by ‘Stop SAD’ traveling magic theatre conceived and presented by magician Gopinath Muthukad was formally inaugurated yesterday, at the Shanghumugham beach here by the minister of Labour and Excise, P.K. Gurudasan.

Catching a message: A fisherman keenly watches as magician performs on the moving magic theatre.

M.L.A., V. Surendran Pillai and Commissioner of Excise, C.K. Viswanathan were among the dignitaries present on the dais. Stop SAD mission, similar to its earlier phase, is being organised jointly by the Magic Academy and the Excise Department. The inaugural ceremony was held with the support from Council of Coastal Residents' Associations.

En route its journey from the Capital to Kasaragode, the moving magic theatre would concentrate on magic shows in educational institutions. The voyage will conclude on 25th of October at Kasaragode. There will be two shows in each district. First show in Thiruvananthapuram was held in the forenoon yesterday at Nellimoodu.

Incredible performer and imposing messages

The first phase of the Stop SAD travelling magic theatre was started from Thiruvananthapuram on 11th of February this year, receiving a flag from the hands of Chief Minister, V.S. Achuthanandan. Magic shows by Mr. Muthukad and street play created by scriptwriter Karivelloor Murali and director, Pramod Payyannur are the chief contents of the moving theatre.

Attentive: A good turn out of the members of the coastal residents' association was there.

During the first phase of the voyage there were incidents of addicted people confessing and taking oath in front of the magician to quit smoking, drinking and chewing tobacco products. Women from the shattered families of alcohol addicts demanded the conduct of the magic show at their villages. Several NGOs were also of the same demand. It was in this context that the Minister of Excise had decided to conduct of the programme in the grassroots, especially along educational institutions.

Minister, P.K. Gurudasan and M.L.A., V. Surendran Pillai congratulate the crew of moving magic theatre, after the show at the beach.


Huge crowd of students attended the first performance at Nellimoodu school.

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