Little wisps of rainbow-coloured paper strung to a thread moving with the winds and reaching the skies is an annual ritual for us during Sankranti, and in a bid to revive the interest in the traditional pastime of kite flying a kite festival was organised here on Sunday.
Kids of all ages accompanied by their parents gatheredon the Beach to enjoy flying kites in the sea breeze. Kites of all hues and colours and shapes took flight in the gentle winter morning breeze.
Interestingly the kites are no longer made of paper, the ubiquitous polythene has taken over, nor are they the traditional square shaped. The kites come in various shapes and are made of good quality fabric. There were small box kites in the shape of a fighter jet, an eagle and one was in the shape of a bat. This area too has been captured by the Chinese. The box kites were made in China and so was the string. The traditional manja and thread gave way to the Chinese polyester strings that are not smooth to handle yet tough as nylon. Children had a whale of a time trying to get their kites flying and the forever young veterans had their fill in giving a flight to their spirit along with the wisps of coloured papers. The kite festival was organised by the Rotary Club of Visakhapatnam Central as part of its annual Sankranti celebrations. The love for kite flying drew people from all communities and regions giving impetus to the awoved motto of unity in diversity, president of RCVC Sushil Mulchandani explained.