Monday, 16 November, 2009

Blissful experience for devotees of magical art in Tirupati convention

Two-day magic convention culminates successfully. Of the six major prizes, three flows to Kerala.

On the victory stand: Karun Krishna who won first prize in Junior competitions at the Jantar Mantar 09 being flanked by runner up, Ashwin Raj (left) and third prize winner, Sanjusha.

Tirupati: Jantar Mantar 09, national convention of magicians had kept the temple city under the spell of magic for two days on 7th and 8th of November. Organised by the RK’s Wonder World under the auspices of the Tirumala Tirupati Devastanams, the convention saw around 650 magicians assembling from all over the country. Prominent magicians including Uday Jadugar, Prof. Shankar, K.S. Ramesh, B.V. Pattabhiram and Arun Bonerjee were there, reports magician Kakinada Srinivas.

Mr. Srinivas says that in the morning on the inaugural day, the fiesta began with the delegates reporting and receiving their kits packed with memento, certificate, badge and a few magic wares. Veteran magician B.N.S. Kumar inaugurated the event just after a mesmerizing performance by girl magician Ramyasree. Around 40 top sellers of magic equipments from different part of the country then took the centre stage for ‘Dealers’ Demo’.

Stage magic competitions were held on two days for seniors and juniors. The competitions had every thrill since emerging stars and established stalwarts fought in full spirit in their categories. There should be a winner for any competition. And here, charming teen of Bangalore, Karun Krishna re-established his unchallenged prowess by way of fetching first prize in the Junior category. Nine contestants trailed behind him of whom Ashwinraj (Kerala) and the girl magician Sanjusha (Kerala) stood in the 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.

Magical elegance: Senior category magicians (from left), Samir Patel, Nirmal Kumar and Arjun Tiruvangad who won the first, second and third prizes respectively.

23 well-established names from the native magic fought each other bringing all excitement and thrill to the senior category competitions. Even as Ranjitha Kudroli Ganesh, Jr. Nayan and Koushik displayed something notable, among their counterparts were three paramount performers. They were magician Samir Patel, Nirmal Kumar and Arjun Tiruvangad who stood on the victory stands at 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions respectively. Cash prizes and trophies were distributed by the chief guest, Chinnamgari Raman.

Magic classes
For magicians who believe learning is a life-long process, the two-day event provided a few unique opportunities. Renowned masters in magic, Yona, Nageswara Rao & Pradeep offered worthy classes on the first day followed by educative sessions steered by B.V. Pattabhi Ram and Kudroli Ganesh.

Seniors in the field, including Mr. Pattabhi Ram and Mr. Kumar received heartfelt honour bestowed upon them by the organizers of Jantar Mantar 09. Two magical evenings of scintillating magic show by an array of eminent magicians could certainly enhance the enchantment of the event. Among the evening gala performers were Mr. Yona, Vismayam 2008 Champion of Magic, Dayanithi, Mr. Bonerjee, Brij Mohan and Alex among others. Proving that women too have a place in the mainstream magic, Jayam Jammu and Ramyasree presented their masterpiece items.

Starting smart: Top bureaucrat of the State government turned magician, B.N.S. Kumar (second left)inaugurates Jantar Mantar 09.

Mr. Srinivas concludes his report saying that magicians behind the event, especially Ravi Reddy, Raghubabu, Narasimha, Balaji and Parasuram were given a standing ovation by the delegates for the immaculate conduct of the convention.

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