Team Mangalore to Represent India at Dubai International Kite Festival
Mangalore, Jan 8: 'Team Mangalore', a city-based hobby group of kite flyers has been officially invited to the Dubai International Kite Festival to be held on January 13 at Dubai Outlet Mall, Dubai.
This unique Kite Festival is being organised for the first time in the UAE. It will showcase some of the best kites flown by flyers of international fame around the world. Team Mangalore, a regular in International kite flying scene will be representing India in this prestigious event. A team of three members - Sarvesh Rao, Arun Amin and Harish Kodiabail will participate in this mega event.
Sarvesh Rao, Arun Amin and Harish Kodiabail
Kites of all shapes and sizes will be on display including some massive character and theme based kites. It would be an annual gathering of kite lovers in the Middle East. The Kite Festival will have workshops where people can learn everything from making kites to flying them.
Earlier, Team Mangalore had participated in various International Kite Festivals held in Canada, UK, France, Thailand, Korea and recently in Sri Lanka and its new creation 'Pushpaka Vimana' won accolades from the people of Sri Lanka.
Last year, in Udaipur International Kite Festival the team had won the first place in the Unique Design Kite category.
The team also participated in the Kite festival held in connection with World Kannada Sammelana at Nanawadi, Belgaum last year and this year too the team has been invited to Belgaum International kite Festival.
The team is going to showcase their variety of kites which include Kathakkali, the largest kite in India and also various other kites such as Yakshagaana, Durga, Charlie, Owl, Gajaraja, Pushpaka Vimana, Bird, Bat Series, Bharathnatyam etc.,
Now the team is all set to fly to Dubai to showcase the cultural heritage of India on the shores of the Arabian Gulf.
The team will also organise ONGC-MRPL International Kite Festival, 2012 on January 21 and 22 at Panambur Beach for the 4th consecutive time with continued support from ONGC and MRPL.
About Dubai International Kite Festival
Kites of all sizes, shapes and colours will be on display at the Dubai Outlet Mall on Dubai-Alain Road on the day of the event, and over 10,000 visitors are expected to walk in from 9 am onwards.
As is customary in these parts of the world, kite flying will accompanied by kite-fighting - a fun and exciting competition to be held as part of the festival. A number of kite stalls will enable people to ‘Buy-and-Fly’ instantly and kids can look forward to the Kite-building workshop between 9:30am and 11:30am.
Post the kite-flying session, kite lovers can take time out to view various kites at a special exhibition where experts talk of kite construction, materials used and other tips. The event also boasts of a kids play area, a food court and an entertainment corner with DJ Vimal spinning music throughout the day.
One can look forward to many cultural programs including a one-hour performance by Dubai Drums. Tickets are reasonably priced at AED 80 for family, AED 50 for couple and AED 30 per person.