‘International Kite Festival-2017 in Jan: Chandulal

State Tourism & Cultural Minister A Chandulal has revealed that the State government would conduct ‘International Kite Festival-2017’ on the occasion of Sankranthi festival in the month January.

Speaking to the media at Secretariat here on Thursday, Chandulal said that the state government was conducting ‘Kite Festival’ at international level since last year. This year, the state government would conduct the Kite Festival at Agha Khan Academy from January 13 to 15 and later the festival would be continued at government and private schools in the last four days.

On January 12 night, the State government would set up Kite Flying with glitters on Tank Bund. About 30 nations would participate in the Kite Festival and already 16 nations expressed their wish to participate in the festival. The government would conduct Kite Festival every year in two or three districts and this year the government would Kite Festival would be conducted in Warangal district along with International Kite Festival at Hyderabad.

Tourism Department secretary B Venkatesham said that the government was conducting Kite Festival to bring the international identity to the Hyderabad city since last year. He said that the International Kite Festival was going on in Ahmadabad for the last 25 years and Hyderabad stood on par with the Ahmadabad by conducting International Kite Festival here. During the Kite Festival, the government would set up Food Bazar, Night Bazar, Kite King Workshop, Kite Exhibition and cultural programs at Agha Khan Academy, he said. He said that the theme of the festival is to participate all in the festival and the aim of the festival is ‘Rang De Asman’. He said that the government was taking up measures to see that one lakh people would participate in the festival by 2020. He urged the Hyderabadis to participate in the festival in a big way and make it grand success.

Tourism Department Commissioner Sunitha M Bhavatcha, Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation Managing Director Dr Christina Z Chongthu, Archealogy and Musium Department director NR Visalatchy, Agha Khan Academy head Dr Geoffrey Fisher and others participated in the press meeting. (NSS)