Saturday, 25 September, 2010
Governor makes official declaration of Mission India
Reported by Nishit Dalal
Etched in magic: Governor of Maharashtra, K. Sankaranarayanan (right) unveils a plaque to mark official declaration of Mission India endeavour of magician Gopinath Muthukad (second right). Others (from left), Bhajan player, Anup Jelota and CEO of FEI Cargo, Pratap Nair.
Mumbai: His Excellency, Shri K. Sankaranaryan arrived exactly at 7.00 p.m. The 500-strong audience arose in respect. The National Anthem filled the beautiful Yogi Sabha Gruh in Dadar with patriotic fervour, and His Excellency officially inaugurated ‘Mission India’ Muthukad’s 60-day magical yatra from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, starting 2nd October.
The Governor had reserved a few special words for his favourite ‘Gopi.’ “A magician who loves his country so much, that he has dedicated his art to spreading the message of anti-terrorism, peace and harmony, can be called a ‘son of the soil’. From the time I knew Gopinath, I have seen in him, a constant change. But this is only as far as his vibrant costumes are concerned. At heart, he is the same old Gopi who simply loves India and cannot see the country ruined by extremists and separatists. I wish him the best on his Mission India.”
After his virtuous blessing, His Excellency expressed a desire to watch the magical performance by Muthukad. He was accompanied by his wife. The other dignitaries present were India’s Bhajan Maestro Shri Anup Jalota; Shri Rishiraj Singh, Joint Commissioner of CBI; Shri P. K. Vijaykumar, Commissioner of Income Tax – Div. II and Captain Nambiar, Chief PRO of Indian Navy.
Magically made: A special 'Magic' issue of 'FEI Duniya', organ of the FEI Cargo Ltd. being released by the Governor, K. Sankaranarayanan. CEO of the FEI group, Pratap Nair receives the copy.
The Governor was seen enjoying the magic show as was the large audience that was left spell-bound by Muthukad’s mesmerizing illusions.
The event was organized by Mumbai NGO, Shailaja Nair Foundation.