Published On: Thu, Jan 12th, 2017

Renowned kite flyers from 17 countries to participate in Kite Festival

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World renowned kite flyers from 17 countries will participate in Kite-2017, Telangana State’s 2nd International Kite Festival, to be held from January 12th- 17th in Hyderabad.

Telangana Tourism and Incredible India have joined hands with Hyderabad-based Aga Khan Academy to host this event at the sprawling 100 Acre campus of Aga Khan Academy which is situated near Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in the outskirts near Shamshabad.

International teams from 17 countries and ten pan-Indian kite flying clubs are to provide electrifying demonstrations throughout the week. As a prelude to the festival, special night kite flying displays by Singapore’s team using remote controlled kites for the first time in India will take place at People’s Plaza, Necklace Road, Hyderabad on Thursday 12 January.

“Traditionally kites are flown with strings. But, remote controlled flying of kites is something revolutionary which is not witnessed much in India ,” disclosed Dr. Geoffrey Fisher, Head of the Aga Khan Academy. “This is something revolutionary – the joy of remote-controlled kite flying offers a new experience altogether for Indians, as they are not dependent on the wind but instead use propellers powered by rechargeable batteries,” he said.

The 17 countries from where 41 professional kite flyers are participating will include France, Indonesia, South Africa, Japan, Singapore, Singapore, Australia, Scotland – UK, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Italy, Ukraine, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Poland.

Thirty kite-flyers from different cities of India like Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Dodbalpur, Karnataka; Baroda, Mangalore, and other cities will also participate. Six kite flyers from Hyderabad are participating in KITE 2017.

Singapore Night Kite Flying will be bringing in the largest contingent. The highest number of Indian participants is coming from Rajkot.

–IANS