Car­toons, gods dot city sky­line in form of kites

■ Kites and sweets whet cit­i­zens’ ap­petite this fes­tive sea­son

Deccan Chronicle - - City - RAJESWARI PARASA | DC

A slew of kites in dif­fer­ent de­signs, many of them never seen be­fore in the city, drew thou­sands of peo­ple to Pa­rade Ground for the three-day in­ter­na­tional kite and sweet­meat fes­ti­val that started on Sun­day.

Inagu­rat­ing the fest, Vice-Pres­i­dent M. Venkaiah Naidu said, “Kite fly­ing is one of the 64 arts that we have and it should be en­cour­aged.”

Ex­perts in kite fly­ing from Columbia, Cam­bo­dia, Italy, Sin­ga­pore, China, South Ko­rea and In­done­sia among other coun­tries wowed the spec­ta­tors with their kites. The kites ranged from one inch to

250 feet, and the shapes var­ied from teddy bears to dragons to oc­to­puses.

Ex­perts had kites with their lo­cal cur­rency fly­ing and oth­ers had fa­mous car­toons up in the air. Mr Tin Ton from In­done­sia and his wife, who par­tic­i­pated in the kite fest here for the first time, said, “Our kites fea­ture the art be­long­ing to a tribe from the Pa­pua is­lands.”

The sec­ond in­ter­na­tional sweet fes­ti­val ap­peared to be even more pop­u­lar. Fam­i­lies from other states, and some from abroad, pre­pared and sold sweet­meats from their home­land. The Turk­ish baklava cake made of seven lay­ers was a spe­cial at­trac­tion.

Ms Rama Lak­shmi of Bhi­mavaram in Andhra Pradesh had pre­pared hand-made pootharekhulu and peechu mithai. She felt the fes­ti­val gave them a good chance to present their cook­ing skills.

After dusk fell, Chief Sec­re­tary S.K. Joshi in­au­gu­rated the night kite fes­ti­val that lasted till about

11 pm.

The GHMC set up Swachh Survekshan stall at the event to pro­mote Swachh ac­tiv­i­ties. Se­cun­der­abad zonal com­mis­sioner C.N. Raghu Prasad said the stall had been es­tab­lished to pro­mote the im­por­tance of cit­i­zen feed­back dur­ing the on­go­ing Swachh Survekshan sur­vey, be­sides high­light­ing the ill-ef­fects of plas­tic use and the ben­e­fits of twin bins sys­tem.

Mr Prasad said the city had lost some places in last year’s rank­ings be­cause of re­duced cit­i­zen feed­back. He said em­pha­sis will be laid on cit­i­zen feed­back, san­i­ta­tion, plas­tic ban and clean­li­ness in pub­lic toi­lets.

Else­where, Mr Venkaiah Naidu called for a cul­tural re­nais­sance and asked peo­ple to prac­tice tra­di­tional cus­toms and tra­di­tions, prac­tice yoga and main­tain a healthy diet for a healthy na­tion. He was speak­ing at an event to mark the sec­ond an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions of Swarna Bharati Trust.

Mr Naidu said, “We must re­turn to our time­tested In­dian cus­toms and tra­di­tions and aban­don western ori­ented life­styles. We must re­turn to our sim­ple but ef­fec­tive ways of liv­ing. An­cient In­dian art of yoga cre­ates fu­sion of healthy mind and body. We must pro­tect our mother tongue and also pro­mote it.”

Among those who at­tended the event were Union min­is­ter Ravi Shankar Prasad, Chief Jus­tice of Te­lan­gana High Court Thot­tathil B. Rad­hakr­ish­nan, Con­gress leader Konda Visweswara Reddy and leg­is­la­tor K. Srini­vas.

— DEEPAK DESH­PANDE

Dif­fer­ent kinds of kites were spot­ted at the Kite fes­ti­val at Pa­rade Ground on Sun­day.

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