exploration result for gold occurrence in Kerala is highly
encouraging. Attapadi, Nilambur and Mankada areas in Malappuram
district have been recorded as highly potential.
gold belt in sheared gneissic rocks is found in three
subparallel auriferous load zones where some blocks having
250 to 500 metre length and 1.5 to 2 metre width could
be identified as most promising ones.
six lensoid gold bearing load zones in high grade metamorphics
at Nilambur and two gold load zones of over 2.50 metre
width in sulphide rich high grade rocks at Mankada are
area of Nilambur region holds more than 80,000 tonnes
of gold in its reserve with up to 13.8 grams per tonne
of the ore in the laterite. Gold worth about Rs.600 crores
at current prices is present in this area.
state government is planning to go for `cluster mining'
in the area to fix the occurrences of gold. Four grams
of gold per tonne of the ore in any ore load zone is economically
viable if the exploitation continues for at least twenty
the exploration for gold should be taken up cautiously
because of its low level of concentration and erratic
distribution due to complex structure of the terrain.
area should have distinct exploration strategy as also
the exploitation strategy following proper assessment
of ore potential and establishing adequate resource of
workable grade for sustainable commercial exploitation.
the geological environment for gold mineralisation is
apparently similar for both older Kolar and newer Attapadi-Nilambur
area one may wonder why Kerala was not so far explored
It is amazing that three members of the same family are
magicians, and that they perform in the same troupe. Ramakrishnan
Malayath (better known as R.K. Malayath), wife Nirmala
Malayath and son Rakin Malayath have been doing precisely
After a long break, Malayath was back in action with a
bagful of new and amazing tricks for a programme arranged
by Navatharangam, the cultural wing of bank employees
in Kozhikode. Both Malayath and his son Rakin performed
spectacular shows that held the audience spell bound.
Malayath performed a trick called "mysteria"
and Rakin performed a trick called " manishada"
and a super slitting illusion..
The School for magic:
Malayath say he took voluntary retirement from New India
Assurance Company in which he was a development officer
to pursue full time his affection for magic. Malayath
presently runs a school for magic in Nilambur, his hometown.
Educated in Nilambur and Kozhikode, Malayath developed a
fascination for magic quite early in his life.
Nirmala, who later became his wife, had also found herself
irresistibly drawn to magic. After their marriage she also
started going on stage to present magic shows.
Malayath learned his early lessons in magic from Ali Khan
of Manjeri and the legendary Vazhakunnam Neelakantan Namboodiri.
He had performed with them in many stages.
To learn more about magic he had gone to Kolkata and worked
with the magicians there. Malayath founded the Kerala Magic
Circle mainly to protect the layman from the evil designs
of the practitioners of witchcraft who claimed to possess
It was atheist and psychiatrist A.T. Kovoor who taught him
hypnotism. Together they had performed in many stages in
Malayath is determined to carry forward his mission to use
magic for social causes.
The latest evidence of his determination to do so is the
Mental Health Awareness Magic he evolved for observance
of World Mental Health Day. However, Malayath considers
his tour of Gulf countries with film star Mohanlal as a
highpoint in his career. He taught the actor magic and the
duo did a string of shows titled `Mohanlal and the Magic