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The return of the kite festival

The return of the kite festival

The organisers of Belgaum International Kite Festival, one of the popular kite festivals held in the country in January every year, observed that although Indian kite flyers excel in the art of kite flying, they are yet to provide variety in this sport, as compared to the international kite flyers.
The Belgaum International Kite Festival, which will have its sixth edition organised in Belagavi from January16 to January 19, would be participated by 25 to 30 international kite flyers from 15 countries including USA, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, UK, Russia, Estonia, Netherlands, France and Italy among others. The four-day festival will also have participation of a teams of 25 Indian kite flyers from places like Kochi, Ahmadabad, Vadodara, Mumbai, Nagpur, Dodballapur, Bengaluru, Dharwad, Kolkata and Belagavi.
The kite festival will further witness organisation of kite flying contests for school children, youth and married ladies. Furthermore, a balloon festival will also be introduced this year, on the sidelines of the kite festival, and the same would be held on January 18.
The organiser of the festival Ashok Naik informed that like last year, the kite festival would be extended to Goa this year too. “It will be held on the Colva Beach in South Goa on January 20 and January 21, while held on the Miramar Beach in Panaji on January 23 and January 24, with the participants at the Belgaum International Kite Festival arriving in Goa to attend the kite festival here,” he announced, stating that the Goa event will be supported by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), with Tourism Minister, Dilip Parulekar and the GTDC managing director, Nikhil Desai inaugurating the kite festivals in Goa, respectively.
The highlight of the kite festival in Goa will be the night kite flying, which will be held at Colva Beach on January 20 and on Miramar Beach on January 23.
It was also informed that the Karnataka government has declared holiday for schools in Belagavi during the kite festival, and the organisers of the Belgaum International Kite Festival would now request the Goa education department to take a similar decision, so that school students from Goa can participate in the kite festival in the state.
Naik maintained that although the annual kite festival at Ahmadabad, in Gujarat is still better than the Belgaum International Kite Festival, it is a fact that more people come to participate and watch the kite festival at Balagavi. “We get around 3.5 lakh people during the four days of the festival,” he noted, stating that the travel and accommodation of the national as well the international kite flyers participating in the Belgaum International K

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