Thiruvananthapuram, May 30 (PTI): The well-known Magic Academy
here, considered to be the first of its kind centre in the
subcontinent for one to learn magical art, is all set to turn
25 years on Monday.
The unique centre, envisaged for the promotion of magic
as a performing art and also for the welfare of local
magicians, was established under the aegis of renowned
magician Gopinath Muthukad here on May 31, 1996.
The then cultural affairs minister T K Ramakrishnan had
dedicated the institution, located at Poojappura, to the magic
lovers with the objective of upholding the torch of science,
dismantling superstitions and for popularising magic as an art
Eminent writer and former bureaucrat Malayattoor
Ramakrishnan was the founding patron of the Academy, followed
by Nobel laureate poet O N V Kurup.
Playing a key role in popularising magic among common
people, the centre has helped remove its tag as a secret art
connected to witchcraft and also to eliminate many
superstitious beliefs associated with it.
Besides imparting people the techniques of magic, the
Academy, using magic as a platform, has conducted several
awareness programmes on social issues, including against
liquor and drug menace.
The Vismay Bharat Yatra, the Vismay Swaraj Yatra, the
Mission Indian and Gandhi Matra were among the initiatives
organised by the Magic Academy with an aim to promote
patriotism and preserve the integrity of the country.
The courses offered by the magic academy had got the
recognition from all over the world, a statement said here.
The Academy established ''Magic Planet'', the world''s first
of its kind magic museum, at Kazhakoottam here in 2014 as part
of efforts to rehabilitate streets magicians and artists.
It was also a rare achievement for the institution to
implement projects like ''M-Power'' and different arts centre to
bring the differently abled children to the forefront of the
society by giving them a platform to showcase their talents.
Muthukad said being the first of its kind in the sub-
continent, the Academy had a wider canvas to create marvels of
"Within the 25 years, the Academy accomplished a bouquet
of missions using magic as a medium and the society''s benefit
as the primary goal," he said.
Now, the Academy has also become the home of magicians
from all over the country to assemble, discuss and evolve
solutions for their day to day affairs, he added.
Iconic filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan is the present
patron of Magic Academy. PTI LGKAPR
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