International kite fest adds colour to Delhi

The two-day long Delhi International Kite Festival, organised by Delhi Tourism in association with Delhi government was concluded on Sunday. Kite lovers gathered at the India Gate lawns.

The festival, which witnessed around one lakh footfalls on both the days, put a cheer on Delhi’s sky.

Various kinds of kites made of tissue paper, elastic paper, bamboo and cloth were on display and  colourful spindles suspended from tree branches, displaying equally colourful kites. An exclusive theme pavilion showcasing history of kite flying and types of kites also received huge attention.  Cultural activities were also held to entertain the visitors, which included performance by Fuzz culture, magic show and cultural programmes by Urdu Academy and Punjabi Academy of Delhi government.

A lot of youngsters were seen at India Gate,where students went on picnic this weekend. A mini Dilli Haat and a food court was also set up to attract visitors.

On the occasion of closing ceremony, trophies were presented to the participants by Delhi Tourism MD & CEO,GG Saxena.

A young kite enthusiast, Nishant Narula said, ‘The kite festival was lots of fun and entertainment. It was a very good experience.’

Kite festival easily made it to the list of amazing festivals in Delhi’s festival calendar. Delhiites were happy to witness huge kites that were showcased by international kite fliers who came all the  way from UK, Indonesia and France. The sizes of the kites varied from one square inch to 70 square inch and 110 ft long kite. Another majorattraction of the festival was kite trails with some trailing more
than 180 kites.

Chief manager, PR and publicity, Delhi Tourism, Sudhir Sobti said, ‘Delhi international kite festival was indeed a colourful extravaganza where the visitors were able to enjoy the weekend and unwind. Delhi Tourism plans to promote more of these old fading traditions and will feature this festival in its regular extravaganza’.

The kite festival was inaugurated on Saturday by minister for education, social welfare, Delhi government, Kiran Walia.

Meanwhile, continuing with its endeavour to give Delhiites the best of heritage, culture and cuisine, Delhi Tourism has decided to bring back the very successful and much awaited food festival, considered authentic, Dilli Ke Pakwaan. The festival will be held at Baba Kharak Singh Marg from 24 December to 30 December. The festival will havenumerous culinary delights in a delectable spread of cuisine.
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