Makar Sankranti is celebrated all over India, and heralds the transition of the sun into the Northern Hemisphere. The winds change direction during the period of Makar Sankranti – in the month of January - and the clear blue skies throughout India are dotted with thousands of colorful kites of different shapes and sizes. Men, women and kids of all ages take to flying kites. Everyone, regardless of age, competes to take part in kite-flying competitions and to engage in 'kite-cutting'.
It is this widespread fascination with kites, that has inspired 'Ashray Akruti' to launch the concept of a 'kite festival'. The first such festival was held in the year 2004, and the the 6th edition of this festival will be held from 13th to 15th January, at the People's Plaza Grounds. The skies on the banks of the lake Hussain Sagar will be flecked with kites of all shapes, sizes and colors.
Ashray Akruti has been conducting this kite festival to focus public attention towards the hearing impaired, especially children. The organization uses this arena to bring about awareness about the disability, as well as to raise funds for the school for the hearing impaired. Children from nearly 100 schools participate in the festival, and design and create kites of different shapes and colors.
Apart from kite flying contests, the other attractions at the venue include a kite-flying show, a rangoli contest, a 1500 sqft rangoli display by Big FM, a live military pipe band on 14th January, a rock Show on 15th January, a children's carnival on 14th and 15th January, kite sales, food courts, music, a ramp walk, a fancy dress contest, mental maths and inter-college competitions.
Entry tickets are available at the venue for Rs. 50 per head. Please contact Ashray-Akruti at 4004-2250 for further details.