Friday, 24 August, 2012
Bhagyanath memory stirs up Indrajala Maholsavam finale
Thiruvananthapuram: Bhagyavismayam, the state level Indrajaala Maholsavam jointly organized by Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Akademy and Magic Academy marked a successful culmination here on August 5th. The Bhagyavismayam was to mark the State’s reverence to the eminent stage magician of the past, Prof. K. Bhagyanath. The occasion became one of a rare sort, when the magician’s wife Sulochana Bhagyanath and two of his longtime assistants, Suhasini and Neela, were draped with traditional shawls by the patron of the Academy, Prof. O.N.V. Kurup. Emotional tears flew from the eyes of the recipients who were readily offered a standing ovation by an august gathering at the Theerthapada Mandapam.
The five-day programme comprised of three regional competitions held at Kannur, Thrissur and Kollam. Regional competitions were marked with overwhelming attendance by magicians enthusiastic of proving their talents. Contenders of Kasaragode, Kannur, Wayanad and Kozhikode were brought together at Kannur Jawahar Auditorium to compete for the primary selection. Competitions for Malappuram, Palakkad, Thrissur and Ernakulam were held at Thrissur Sangeeta Nataka Akademy hall. Rest of the Southern districts’ magicians had their preliminary competitions at C. Kesavan Memorial Town Hall in Kollam.
Final round of competitions incorporating regional winners were held in the capital city during forenoon on 5th August. (Check Date). This was followed by lecture cum demonstration sessions lead by Tamil Nadu’s leading magician, Palladam Yona and Karnataka’s pioneering conjurer, Prahlad Acharya.
In the finals, Sanjusha Satheesh and Swathika Gathul became winners in junior group and Muhammed Shanu and T.B. Haridas emerged successful under senior category. Adding glamour to the closing ceremony, were hilarious comedy magic show by Mr. Yona who came in the guise of Charlie Chaplin; and a fabulous shadow play by Mr. Acharya. The occasion also saw the skilled ventriloquism by Mr. Acharya and Kitti, his monkey doll.
The Chairman of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademy, Soorya Krishnamoorthy awarded mementoes and certificates to the champions. Bhagyanath’s daughter and noted cinema-television artiste, Vidhubala formally handed over her father’s magic books to the Academy’s Bhagyanath memorial library. Prof. O.N.V. Kurup received the collection.
The secretary of Sangeetha Nataka Akademy, Dr. P.V. Krishnan Nair, Academy Executive Director, Gopinath Muthukad and Director, Chandrasenan Mithirmala spoke on the occasion.