The festival, which attracted experts, enthusiasts, ends today

A two-day “Delhi International Kite Festival” was inaugurated with great fanfare by Delhi Women and Child Development Minister Kiran Walia on the India Gates lawns here on Saturday.

Dr. Walia released a pictorial souvenir to mark the first edition of the festival, which has succeeded in attracting kite flying experts from the United Kingdom, France and Indonesia. National experts from Chennai, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Gujarat, and Jodhpur are also participating.

The first day saw the participation of national and international experts. Indonesia’s Ally displayed her skills by flying a bebean (fish-shaped kite), as did Graham Lockwood and Derek Kuhn from the U.K. France’s Michele enthralled Delhiites with the ring type, box and couronne (crown-shaped) kites.

The first day of the event, organised by the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation, drew a big crowd of kite enthusiasts. Delhiites, who have been hooked on to this sport for years, witnessed the visual delight.

The cobra kite, a 110-foot long kite; owl kite, a box kite and kite trails, one with 100 kites, were some of the major attractions.

The festival has stalls displaying kites of different shapes and sizes — from one square inch to 70 square inch. A special theme pavilion depicting the various types of kites from across the world has also been put up.

Colourful spindles suspended from tree branches and display of massive demo kites are other highlights.

Kites made of bamboo, tissue paper, elastic paper and cloth were also on display.

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