Makar Sankranti is celebrated all over India and heralds the transition of the sun into the Northern Hemisphere. The winds change direction during this period, and the clear blue skies throughout India are dotted with thousands of colorful kites of different shapes and sizes.
To keep this tradition alive, Ashray Akruti is organising the 5th Annual Kite Festival, on 13th & 14th January, at the Peoples Plaza grounds, Necklace Road. This year about 100 schools are participating in this festival. Children from these schools design and make kites of different shapes and colors.
The Kite Festival provides a safe flying zone to children and adults. Many people – adults and kids alike – fly kites from the terraces and the rooftops of their buildings, which is hazardous. The crowded roads of the cities and the high rise buildings make kite-flying a risky proposition for kids. The concept of holding a kite festival is then welcomed by all.
Apart from kite-flying, there are also other attractions at the festival, such as a rangoli contest, a painting contest, a designer kite exhibition, a kite-making contest, Origami and a kite-cutting competition. This event also includes a musical evening with the Chakri, the popular music director of Telugu cinema, on the 13th of January and a musical evening with upcoming Bollywood singer Preety Bhalla on the 14th of January.
This festival also attracts international kite flyers along with local champions, who demonstrate their skills in flying exotic kites. The day will witness kite-flying shows by national kite flyers like Suncity Kite Club (Jodhpur), Golden Kite Club (Mumbai), Mysore Gallipata Balaga (Mysore), Kite Clinic Club (Bangalore) and Hyderabad's very own Kohinoor Kite Club. You'll get an opportunity to see kites shaped like wind mills, cubes, fish and falcons, and long trains of kites.
Ashray Akruti is a registered voluntary organization, which runs a school for children with hearing impairment in Hyderabad called The Little Angels School For The Deaf, which was founded in 1996 and now caters to about 80 children. The school receives no grants from the government or funding agencies, and has managed to sustain itself for the last ten years by charging nominal fees, raising donations from philanthropic individuals and organizations, and by holding fundraising events like this festival.
Please contact Ashray-Akruti at 2373-2250 for further details.