Mangaluru: People who visited the Panambur Beach on Friday, January 17, were in for a big surprise as they were witness to several colourful kites flying in the sky.
Some of the kites flown were enormous while some others were small. These delighted the people who arrived to watch the sunset.
The three-day international kite festival, organised as part of the Karavali Utsav by the district administration, was inaugurated on Friday. The festival was jointly inaugurated by New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) Chairman A V Ramana and Mangaluru North MLA Dr Y Bharath Shetty.
A total of 21 teams participated on the first day of the kite festival. Among the different kites, ’black horse’, ‘tortoise’, ‘snake’, ‘Yakshgana’ and others grabbed the attention of all those who were present. People were seen clicking photos of the event to immortalise the colourful memories.
Ron Spaulding from USA, who came to participate in the kite festival along with his wife Baew Spawliding, told Newskarnataka.com that even though he had visited India several times in the past, he was visiting Mangaluru for the first time. “I love Mangaluru for its lush greenery and the hospitality of the people. A lot of care has been taken by the organisers to ensure that the kite flyers are not inconvenienced in any way. We enjoyed the whole atmosphere here,” he said. While Ron is from USA, his wife Baew hails from Thailand. It is said that their passion for kite flying united them as husband and wife.
Mangaluru’s kite team “Team Mangaluru” also participated in the kite festival. The tricolour kite and the ‘Yakshagana‘ kite grabbed the attention of public.
Giridhar Kamath, a member of Team Mangaluru said that they have over 35 kites, but they wanted to give the international kite flyers an opportunity to showcase their kites. “We prefer to give other more opportunity as this is not a competition,” he added.
Dinesh Holla, another member of Team Mangaluru, said that there were eight international teams at the festival. There were teams from the USA, Thailand, Malasia, Indonesia, China, Netherlands, Israel and Sweden, he said. "Even though there are six teams from different parts of our country, some of the prominent teams were unable to participate here as they had to participate in the Goa and Gujarat kite festivals,” he added.
Panambur Beach Development Chief Executive Officer, speaking to the media, said that the kite festival is being organised for the first time during the Karavali Utsav programme. “Mangaluru has been in the news for the wrong reasons recently. However, we need to focus on the positive aspects of the city. As the international kite festival is being organised as part of the Karavali Utsav, more number of people should come and witness this unique show,” he said.
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