Total of Rs. 75,000 in cash awards awaiting winners
Kites of different colours and shapes soared high and took to the clear blue skies in the backdrop of Chamundi Hills and Lalitha Mahal Palace during the Dasara kite festival held on Friday.
The two-day event - being held on the Lalitha Mahal Palace helipad grounds - will also include a kite-flying competition on Saturday. It was introduced as part of the festival to revive the practice of kite-flying, which is reckoned to be going out of vogue among the modern generation.
The cynosure of all eyes at the festival was the ring kite while the inauguration saw a kite depicting the colours of Karnataka Flag with an image of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah inserted in the middle.
Gopal, a renowned kite flyer from Gujarat is one of the special invitees. The festival will also see a kite fitted with 360 LED lights that will soar come dusk. Participants in the kite-flying contest will be classified under different categories depending on their age. A total of Rs. 75,000 in cash awards is waiting for the winners. The highest amount – Rs. 10,000 – will be given to winners in the group category.
Free kites will be provided.