No Kite Fest at 3 Popular Venues

Orgnisers forced to cancel the annual event at People’s Plaza, Gymkhana, Shilparamam for differing reasons

Published: 13th January 2014 11:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th January 2014 11:13 AM   |  A+A-

This year Hyderabadis will miss their favourite kite-flying venues: People’s Plaza, Gymkhana grounds and Shilparamam.

The Kite Festival, used to be organised at these three venues every year with extraordinary fanfare, brought people from different parts of the city together. However, the organisers have been forced to cancel the annual event this year for various reasons.

The Junior Chamber International (JCI), Hyderabad, which used to organise the kite festival in association with Kohinoor Kite Flying Club (KKFC) at Gymkhana Grounds in Secunderabad, is not organising the event now as the authorities are holding a sports meet at the venue.

“We were very keen to organise the kite festival  at Gymkhana grounds but in the last minute we have to shelve our plans as a sports meet is going on there. Like last year we were planning to organise the festival on a large scale but due to unavoidable circumstances we have to give up our plans. Next year we would definitely organise the festival in a grand scale,” says JCI Hyderabad president Jiten Savaria.

The People’s Plaza on Necklace Road has been handed over by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Autho­rity (HMDA) to the contractor who has already started digging at the temporary dumping yard for the Balkapur and Banjara dredged material. The four-acre area of the Peoples’ Plaza will be closed to the public till the dredged material is shifted to the permanent dumping site.

With the digging activities going on, there is very less possibility of the kite festival will be organised this year at the Peoples’ Plaza.

Every year, thousands of kite-flyers, especially youth and children, throng  this particular venue from all over the city and fly kites till late in the night. Apart from kite-flying, hundreds of people also participate in rangoli competitions and other cultural activities there.

At Shilparamam in Madhapur also this year the management is not showing interest in organising the kite festival on a large scale.“This year we have decided not to organise kite festival at a large scale and have made arrangements for kite flying for visitors who want to fly kite for sometime. We used to organise kite-flying competitions as part of the three day event “Sankranthi Sambaralu” during Sankranthi but as many organisations have been organising kite festivals in the city so we have not taken initiative to organise it in a large scale this time,” says Shilparamam general manager Venu Gopal.

However, the three-day annual event, Sankranti Sambaralu, will be organised there from January 14 to 16. The 3-day festival will have rangoli, music and dance, and age-old traditional events, he said.

Hyderabad Kite Festival will be organised at the Hyderabad Polo & Riding Club, Himayatsagar Road, Aziz Nagar village, Gandipet on January 14.

CM Greets People on Sankranti

Hyderabad: Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has greeted Telugus on the eve of Sankranti. In a message on Sunday, he said that the state witnessed fast development in the last three years and was developing in all sectors. The state was the best destination for investments and it was providing food security to the country, he said and added that all the people celebrate the festival with joy and happiness.


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