Vibrant colours, life size kites and participants from across the globe- this sums up the International Kite Festival in short. This annual kite festival held in Ahmedabad is one of the most colorful festivals now celebrated both at National and International level.
This year was the 28th year of the festival and what more to ask other than to see to live – all thanks to Gujrat Tourism. Like every year this year too, the International Kite Festival was held at the beautifully done Sabarmati River Front.
Celebrated from the 8th to the 14th of January, 2017, the festival was inaugurated by Hon’ble Governor, Shri O.P Kohli in the presence of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Vijaybhai Rupani and others.
With festival saw an elaborate set up with artist performing in their colourful attire filled with much energy and vigour, while on the other side 2000 kids from schools run by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation performed the Surya namaskars.
If this is what the beginning the looked like just imagine how elaborate the whole was. A pure treat to the eyes it was an amalgamation of art culture and heritage from across the globe. And that’s not all.
The festival also saw a dedicated Art and Craft bazaar and Food Court too. The Art and Craft bazaar was a must visit for a shopaholic like me, where artisans from across Gujrat had come to show their expertise, while the food stall attracted a lot of gastronome.
This year the festival saw an estimate of 186 kite fliers, 100 kite fliers from more than 31 countries and 51 fliers from 8 different states of India. and more.
The participating countries were Argentina, Australia, France, Brazil, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Estonia, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Netherlands, New-Zealand, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand to name a few.
The main area that caught my attention was the display of kites from various Indian states and other countries. And amongst them was the family of late B P Shrivastava from Lucknow. His family as has been collecting kites which dates back to as old as 1899. I also noticed a kite saying `Simon Go Back’ one from the pre-independence. It was no less than a journey back in time.
The Kite festival was a playground for both flyers and non-flyers and treat a to the eyes for someone like me. Waiting for the wind, giving a helping hand the festival ws no less than a dance for the happy feets.