Hyderabad: While the 3rd Telangana International Kite Festival played host to hundreds of families to spend a great weekend outside, it also provided a great platform to professional kite flyers from across India and the world to showcase their traditions and culture. Flying high were large kites in various shapes and forms and reflecting art and culture that the kite flyers take pride in.
Sixty seven-year-old Endang has been flying kites for 30 years now. She was here to represent Indonesia, where she founded a kite museum 15 years ago.
“I have always been passionate about art. All kites at my museum, and the 12 we are flying here, are handmade and reflect local art and art forms of Indonesia. I take pride in presenting my culture to people across the globe. I am here for the second time, and I plan to attend kite festivals in Gujarat and Goa as well,” said Endang, whose team made their kites after reaching the venue.
For Team Mangalore, the kite festival was like coming home, as they have been organising international kite festivals in their hometown for 13 years now.
“While you see readymade balloon kites in the shape of dragons and birds, we fly only handmade kites that exhibit the culture and traditions of Karnataka and South India. Our largest kite is 38 feet long and has Kathakali dance figure stitched onto it. All our kites are made of ripstop nylon, the material used to make parachutes. It takes local artists about four months to prepare one kite for us, and we have 70 kites in our repertoire,” said Harsha Samraj of Team Mangalore.
For teenager Fulchand Jangid of Orange City Kite Club representing Nagpur, the best thing about the kite festival was that it wasn’t competitive.
“My father Gulabchand Jangid holds several world records in kite making and kite flying. I have been going to kite competition since I was 11 years. I have come here for the second time, because I like how friendly the atmosphere is here. There are no competitions or prizes, only happy people flying kites,” said Jangid.