BANGALORE: Shubh Aarambh, a non-profit organisation held a kite festival at the Capital School Grounds in J P Nagar on Sunday. Kite flying, a popular activity in January, mostly popular in northern Indian states like Gujarat, event was an effort to bring in many people to take part in this sport.
More than 500 families participated in the event, who gathered for a cut throat competition, as the kite flyers vied for the enviable rank of having claimed the most number of kites cut.
Sanjay Doshi, one of the organisers of the festival said, “This is the second year we are holding the kite festival and the turnout this time is encouraging. From next year, we plan to hold a kite flying competition with prizes for the winners.”
“This reminds me of my days back in Gujarat when I used to fly kites from December itself. It is a much larger sport there and the festival of Sankranti occurs with Uttarayan,” said Jignesh.
Kites used for the festival were of Khambati Type, and the thread was Surti Type which were brought to the city from Gujarat. Around 1,500 kites were given away to the participants.