Artiste Village is a housing project for poor street magicians and circus artistes who do not have house, land or regular income. The houses in the Artiste Village are designed as friendly for the differently abled.
Artiste Village: Giving a new lease of life to disadvantaged artists
As a responsible organisation working for the betterment of the underprivileged sections of our society, The Academy of Magical Sciences has completed a housing project for economically disadvantaged artists under the initiative titled ‘Artiste Village.’ Sixteen houses have been built at Chanthavila in Kazhakoottam to provide rehabilitation for street magicians, circus artistes and differently-abled artists who do not have a house, land or regular income.
A key objective of this project is to acknowledge the sacrifices made by these destitute artists, to provide them a satisfactory life, and to promote their exceptional talents among the coming generations without expecting anything in return.
The houses in the village have adequate living standards, a culturally appropriate environment, sufficient safety levels and are designed in a differently-abled friendly manner. The facilities provided in the village will aid the all-round development of the artistes and their family members.
Mr. Thomas Isaac, Minister of Finance, inaugurated the hand-over function on 31st October 2018. Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran, handed over the keys to magic and circus artistes in the beneficiary list. Health Minister K K Shailaja, handed over the keys to differently-abled students. Mayor V K Prasanth delivered the keynote address. Actor Madhu was the chief guest at the function. Gopinath Muthukad, Executive director, Magic Academy, and directors, Chandrasenan Mithrummala and Prahlad Acharya were present at the occasion.
"I congratulate Gopinath Muthukad and his team for exploring the hidden talents of these differently abled children. The use of magic to bring out the inherent talents of these disabled children was a creative way of telling the world that they are not differently able or disabled but specially abled and they could achieve wonders."
Dr. Mohammad Hamid Ansari
Former Vice-President of India