Wings of Fire goes magical 
Illusionist Gopinath Muthukad has created a magical version of Wings of Fire, the widely admired autobiography of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

Titled, Wings of Illusion, the new programme is going to be the first magical translation given to the visionary’s autobiography. Muthukad said this is a magical venture that visualises the successful life story of Kalam, a boy who was born and brought up in a rustic ambience of inadequacies but still became the country’s president.

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam"The 45-minute Wings of Illusion comprises of video scenes projected on the screen and magic performed on the stage. The magic scenes will unveil how the island town of Rameshwaram, where the Islamic and Hindu hymns resounded in unison and nourished the sense of communal harmony in the toddler’s mind," said the ace magician.

There are also scenes of an estranged sea bird flying across the evening sun that instilled in the tender mind of the child, the habit of dreaming about a world beyond horizons.

Also told in the magical language is the story of Iyyadurai Solomon one of the beloved teachers of Kalam, who infused the boy with scientific temper.

"It also portrays the unusual determination with which Kalam as a scientist, overcame the brunt of disappointment, when the first launch of SLV failed," added Muthukad.

There will also be an innovative cine magic wherein the magician interacts with the characters of a film projected on a screen, just to highlight a few messages.

The show comes to an end reiterating the president’s passionate call to usher the country into an economically prosperous and industrially developed nation by the year 2020.

The premiere performance was in the state capital on Oct 15, the 75th birthday of Kalam.

Wings of Illusion was conducted in all the other 13 district headquarters in the state with the last performance on October 29 at Kasargode. —IANS