Wednesday, 4 August, 2010
Gazal singer Anup Jelota inaugurates Muthukad’s programme season
Open sesame! Singer Anup Jelota (third from left) waves a magic wand and produces the poster for Gopinath Muthukad's latest magic show, World of Illusions from thin air. From left: Singer, G. Venugopal, Mumbai's businessman, Prathap Nair and Gopinath Muthukad.
Thiruvananthapuram: “If Gazals and Bhajans slowly cast a spell in the minds of audience, an nimble magician like Muthukad swiftly does it”, said acclaimed Bhajans and Gazals singer, Anup Jelota. He said this while inaugurating magician Gopinath Muthukad’s new programme season at Tagore theatre on the 1st of August. The occasion was the anniversary celebrations of Terumo Penpol and the singer was an invited guest of the magician. Mr. Jelota accompanied by the businessman in Mumbai, Prathap Nair arrived in the city with the only purpose of inaugurating and watching Mr. Muthukad’s show.
The singer, along with his Malayalam counterpart, G. Venugopal and Mr. Nair, stepped into the magic stage after the first three items of the magician. With a magic wand received from his magician friend, Mr. Jelot touched a blank fram mounted on a stage and in no time there appeared a multicolour poster of the programme. During his inaugural speech Mr. Jelota said that magic was an art of enchanting beauty and if a charming performer like Mr. Muthukad tried a chance in the Bollywood, he would support. He was also in support of the magician’s idea of creating a composition by weaving together magic and music.
Mr. Muthukad’s new version of entertainment show titled, ‘World of Illusions’ was presented with the support of 3000kg of materials and manpower of 25 supporting artistes. The two-hour-long magic had deft use of latest light and sound techniques and introduction of an array of illusions tried for the first time on the country’s magic stages. Audience burst into laughter when the magician’s masterpiece cine-magic, hitherto presented on the backdrop of an ice cream parlour was staged incorporating two comic characters – a magician named ‘Gopi’ and ‘Muthukad’ an idle. After the magic show, Mr. Jelota also went with the magician to watch the final round of a music reality show held in the city.
Show in Maldives
Around noon next day, when Mr. Muthukad and his troupe boarded flight to Maldives, Mr. Jelota and Mr. Nair boarded a return flight to Mumbai. In Maldives, the magic troupe will be staging six shows as part of the Indo-Maldives Friendship Festival under the aegis of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the High Commission of India in Maldives.