The skies witnessed a riot of colours as kites of different sizes, shapes and colours sored high at the four-day Belgaum International Kite Festival, which took off at the sprawling open grounds on Savgaon road here on Saturday.
Suresh C. Angadi, MP, inaugurated the event. Abhay Patil, MLA and founder-promoter of the festival, organised under the banner of Parivatran Pariwar, and Deputy Commissioner V. Anbukkumar were present.
The inaugural day witnessed the participation of a large number of kite-flyers from across the country and abroad.
Around 34 kite-flyers from Lebanon, Indonesia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Thailand, France, Switzerland, Singapore, Italy, Hong Kong, China, Australia and Germany reached the city with their teams and kite-flying kits, lending the event an international flavour.
The success of two previous editions had earned international recognition from the American Kite-fliers Academy. The objective of the event is to encourage tourism and boost local economy, and to create interest in this thrilling sport among children and youth in this part of the country.
Exhibition-cum-sale of various consumer products, handicrafts, and food courts at the venue are also a major draw at the four-day event. Night kite-flying turned out strikingly spectacular with a large number of people turning up to watch the illuminated kites souring to the skies.
The international kite-flyers would, however, return on Sunday night. The organisers have announced distribution of kites for free on the concluding day on January 22, which would be marked by a spectacular cracker show from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.