Venue: DDA Ground, Sector 10 Dwarka
Date: 14-16 January 2017
Dwarka Sector 10 metro station is seeing a lot of footfall. Delhi Tourism has organised a Kite Festival on this Makar Sankranti at a rather unusual location-Dwarka. The festival is being held at DDA park near Sector 10 metro station.
There are free shuttles to reach the venue for Kite Festival from metro station. The fair was inaugurated on Makar Sankranti, traditionally a day to fly kites. The events comprised competitions among kite flyers from many countries as well cultural performances by local artists.
We loved the entrance. It was colorful, smart yet very Indian. The prints Kite Festival mascot Patanga were visible in every corner. The beautiful entrance also doubles up as a selfie zone. We were tempted too…
The other part of the International Kite Festival of India fairground has some exhibition stalls and a food zone. We saw some very pretty kites in shape of birds, squid, SpongeBob and parachutes. These kites involved some electronic mechanism. Along side we could see our good old paper kites or patangs/guddi flying with equal panache. We loved the one with the Indian tricolour.
The showstopper was this giant squid that fluttered confidently on Dwarka skies and landed gracefully almost in slow motion. We can’t resist the temptation of sharing the video with our readers.
In addition to kites they had entertaining programmes going on at the venue. We saw a magic show and a music programme by a local band. Punjabi singer Ravinder Grewal was to perform late in the evening.
Festivals of any sort aim to provide a break from the mundane. To this end we laud the efforts of Delhi Tourism that has an impressive line up of Festivals for the year.
The kite festival in Delhi was the first among this series. Kite flyer or not it is quite a hit with visitors. Fly high-Delhi Tourism, we say!