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File pic: CM at Kite festival 2010

CM to kick-start the festival at Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad, theGovernor Dr. Shrimati Kamlaji to preside over the function

120 kite-flyers from 8 states of India and 74 foreign kite-flyers to take part

Kite festival will also be held at Mandavi beach and at white rann of Kutch

Gujarat’s International Kite Festival will be held on a grand scale this year during January 10 to 14, announced tourism minister Jay Narayan Vyas today.

Chief Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the festival at 8:30 A.M at Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad in the presence of the Governor Dr. Shrimati Kamlaji who will preside over the inaugural event.

The kite festival will see a participation of 120 kite-flyers from the eight states of India and 74 foreign kite-flyers. Hundreds of kids of AMC’s Seva Basti will kick off the festival with the performance of Surya Namskar and Surya Vandana, said Mr Vyas.

Giving details of the kite festival Tourism minister said that various attractions such as the theme pavilion depicting the history of kites, pavilion related to adventure sports, food court, craft bazaar and kite workshop have also been planned this year.

On 10th January, Gujarat Tourism’s Chairman Kamlesh Patel will kick-start a kite-flying competition at 11:00 in the morning. In the evening the Chief Minister will inaugurate the theme pavilion on the history of kites at 5:00 P.M. Japanese kite-flyers have also planned a kite-making workshop. Entire day will see a throng of competitors and other kite-lovers who will take delight in kite flying.

On 13th January, the kite festival will also be held at Mandavi beach and at white rann of Kutch.

On 14th January, the kite-flyers and invited guests will fly kites in the pols of Ahmedabad city’s heritage area, from 9:30 A.M till 3:00 in the afternoon.

It is noteworthy that the international kite festival has grabbed the attention of the people world over. The festival has become instrumental in putting the state’s arts and culture before the world.

The festival has not just remained an occasion of festivity but has also proved as a medium to provide livelihood to many poor families. The people also have given an overwhelming response to the state government’s approach behind organizing this festival, Mr Vyas said.

Sources: Gujarat Information Bureau

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