Hyderabad: A snake flew high in the skies and drifting with the winds right next to it, was an octopus. An owl too fluttered little away and giving it company was an eagle. And another kite, designed as a huge dollar, too kept soaring high.
Ushering in the Sankranti festivities and offering a riot of colours and designs in skies, the fourth Telangana International Kite Festival took off at Parade Grounds here on Sunday. The festival is on from 11 am to 10 pm till Tuesday. Participation of over 40 international kite flyers and 60 national kite flyers makes this edition of the kite festival that more attractive and lively.
Andreas Agren from Sweden spent some time to assess and get a feel of the wind movement. “The wind is challenging but I am enjoying the atmosphere and the energy here,” said the international kite flyer who is participating in the festival here for the first time.
Be it the colour, design or the size, lot of improvisation was on witness and visitors, especially the younger crowd, was seen having a gala time. Hyderabad kite flyers too made their presence felt with the city-based Kohinoor Kite Club coming to the festival armed with 3D kites, ring kites and 25 other models. With night kite flying also on, the joy and excitement is only manifold for some.
Speaking at the kite festival, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu said such festivals play a key role in preserving traditions and culture, and, complimented the Telangana government for organising the event on a grand note.
He stressed the need to preserve the Indian family system, besides culture and traditions, and, appealed to the present generation not to fall prey to junk food and opt for nutritious and tasty Indian cuisines. “Instant food is constant disease,” he added.
Telangana Tourism Secretary B Venkatesham expects the participation to be much higher in this year’s kite festivities. “Last year, nearly 8 lakh visitors had witnessed the event and this year, we are expecting 3 lakh visitors every day,” he said.
The Telangana Tourism is organising the festival with a social cause of raising awareness on education and empowerment of girl children. Home Minister Mohd. Mahmood Ali and Legislative Council Chairman K Swamy Goud and others spoke on the occasion.
Take your pick from 1,000 varieties of sweets
At Parade Grounds, it is not just flying kites and competing with fellow fliers. Its time to succumb to the tantalising aromas of sweets that waft through at the venue.
Visitors at the kite festival have plenty of choices to recharge themselves and try a variety of sweets and savouries. There are 1,000 varieties of sweets and over 100 varieties of savouries to select from, organisers said.
The line up to choose from sweets and savouries include those from West Bengal, Kerala, Maharashtra and Telangana, apart from Argentina and others. There are also kulfis, kebabs, dosas and what not.
Then again, the fun and entertainment is not just restricted to flying kites and savouring sweets but there are music concerts, cultural shows and dance performances, as well scheduled at the venue.