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It is magical `30' for Gopinath Muthukad

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Gopinath Muthukad has just completed 30 magical years. During the period, the magician has conjured up illusions at 3,000 venues. The fittest manner to celebrate the anniversary, according to Muthukad, is by staging shows free of cost for 30 voluntary organisations engaged in social service.

The `Magic for Society' programme drawn up by the Academy of Magical Sciences at Poojappura here, which he heads, proposes to raise funds for 30 organisations through stage shows.

The shows, named "Santhwanam", are to benefit three social organisations each in Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam and two each in the other 12 districts. The first of its kind will be held at the Senate hall, Thiruvananthapuram, on October 7 and the beneficiary will be the school for the hearing impaired at Jagathy in the city. Incidentally, this will be Muthukad's 3,000th stage performance.

The State- level inauguration of the programme was held at Poojappura this afternoon. Formally declaring the programme open, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy hailed the contributions of the magician for social causes. Poet O.N.V. Kurup, the patron of the Magic Academy, chaired the function, which was followed by a magic show by Abhin Raj, a teenaged magician.

Other highlights of the 30th anniversary celebrations are "Sandesam", meant to inculcate values in students through magic, and "Sasneham", aimed at providing the inmates of 30 orphanages in the State with a feast for a day.

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