Festive mood soars high with kites

Festive mood soars high with kites

VIPs of the city among enthuse fliers

Festive mood soars high with kites

 A chain of kites flying high at Hotel Lalithamahal Palace helipad, in Mysore on Saturday. Dh PhotoThe occasion was two-day kite festival organised for the first time as part of ongoing Dasara, that opened to a overwhelming response.

The kite festival has been included in the festivities with an exclusive sub-committee to look into the affairs. Participants from Mysore, Bangalore, Tumkur, Mandya, Hassan and far away Uttara Kannada districts have registered for the competitions.

A chain of kites-30, 100 and 150 respectively the prized possession of Sandhya of Mysore Kite Club, dragon (100 feet long) of V K Rao, from Ganganagar in Bangalore, ‘tricolour’ in round shape measuring 60 inches made by Venkatachala, a cop at Chamundi Hills, ‘heritage’ (7 x7 in size) bearing the  pictures of Palace, last Maharaja of Mysore Sri Jayachamaraja Wadiyar, of GSS Educational Institutions were the cynosure of all the eyes.

Sandhya who has been an avid kite flier since nascent days told Deccan Herald, it took one month for her to make kites. She has participated in the competitions at Gujarat and Hyderabad too. “If anybody is ready to sponsor me, sure i will participate in the kite competition at Malaysia too”, said Sandhya.

The other attractions included kites in the shape of eagle, box, ‘gandabherunda’, painted with  ‘veeraghase’ (a traditional dance) and others. Kites bearing the poster of ‘three idiots’ was a hit among kids with most of them thronging a make-shift shop in the vicinity to buy the same.  Joy was writ large on the faces of kids as the kites soared, with their elders holding the string. Similarly young and old alike made the moment taking the festive mood to a new high.

According to the organisers, in all 145 contestants have registered to compete in various categories; 75 in the age group of 0 to 12 years, 35 in 13 to 22 years and 15 in 23 years and above category. Twenty have registered in the group category. Best among those who fly kites again on Sunday, the second day, will be adjudged for the prizes.