You may have seen a replica of the Palace in high lux LED bulbs at Ramaswamy Circle and also prominent junctions, in the city, illuminated in different designs. But, now, kites made of LED lights will adorn the sky during the ongoing Dasara festival.
Kites with LED lights will be flown by experts during the evenings from September 30 to October 2 at the Oval Grounds, opposite the Crawford Hall, said K Deepak, president of Dasara Publicity and Kite Flying Contest sub-committee, here, on Sunday.
The festival is organised in association with the Mysore Ladies Kite Flying Club.Five kites will light up the sky daily, from 6.30 pm, with experts drawn from different states. It is a first of its kind attraction in the history of Dasara, Deepak added.
The festival will start with a workshop on kite making and flying for select 500 students on September 30 at Lalith Mahal Palace helipad at 9 am.
October 1 has been dedicated for women with different kites on the theme ‘Veerangini, empowerment of women’. The kites decorated with slogans will be flown by Brahmakumaris, women police probationers and members of stree shakti sanghas.
The final day, October 2, has been dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi on account of Gandhi jayanti.
The kites will contain messages of Gandhi — Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya, Aparigraha, Sharishrama, Aswada, Sarvara Bhayavarjana, Sarva Dharma Samanvaya, Swadeshi and Sparshbhavana.Prizes
The competitions will be held in the categories of 12 years, 13 to 22 years and 23 and above under individual contest. The winners will pocket cash prizes of Rs 5,000, Rs 4,000 and Rs 3,000 respectively, along with two consolation prizes. Under group category (four in each group), the first three cash prizes are: Rs 20,000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000.
IT and BT Minister S R Patil will inaugurate the kite festival on September 30 at Hotel Lalith Mahal Palace helipad at 9 am.