Jan 25, 2014, 5:05 AM
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3rd Int’l Kite Festival kicks off in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 25, IRNA – The 3rd International Kite Festival kicks off Friday evening in India’s national capital, Delhi.

The festival was inaugurated by Somnath Bharti, Delhi Minister of Law, Tourism, Administrative Reforms and Art & Culture, at the Golden Jubilee Park near Old Yamuna Bridge.

Kites of various colours and shapes will be witnessed in the Delhi skies as famous international kite flyers from UK, Beirut, Indonesia, South Korea, US and France will be demonstrating their skills during the three-day extravaganza.

Kites like Hexagon Stars, Sled Kites, Delta kites, Barongi kites and many more will attract attention and enthusiasm.

This year's Delhi International Kite Festival will have 30 expert Kite Flyers from across India from places like Kerala, Chennai, Rajkot, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Mangalore, Trivandrum and Delhi.

The first day of the festival saw a huge turnout of people, who came to witness kites of various shapes such as dragon-shaped, hexagon, ring etc in the skies.

The highlight were the kite trails of more than 100 kites and the LED kites which were flown in the evening.

The kite flying was followed by folk performances by artistes from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana, Manipur and Punjab which enthralled the visitors.

The second day will include a magic show and a painting competition for children.

A theme stall is also set up where an exhibition on the history of kites will enlighten visitors about this age old art. This stall will also display kites of different sizes from one square inch to 70 square inch, kites made of tissue paper, elastic paper, bamboo, cloth, etc.

Lauding Delhi Tourism's initiative organising the kite festival, Somnath Bharti said that this type of festivals provides an opportunity for people to unite across religion and regions.

He also added that efforts should be made to organize it at a larger scale and participation of people from various parts of the country should be encouraged.