Sarvesh Rao, founder-member, “Team Mangalore”, told The Hindu that the group does help children in making and flying kites through workshops and demonstrations. While classes are free in Mangalore, children have to pay for the material.

Giridhar Kamath, member of the team, said the team talks to children in schools and organises summer camps on kite flying in April and May. It teaches about kites to children in programmes jointly organised by the team and Youth Hostels of India (YHAI). “Unfortunately, children today don’t have the patience to tie a knot (even)”, said Mr. Kamath. They will wait for 15 minutes to pursue and persuade an adult into getting the perfect knot done rather than try themselves. “They do not want to make mistakes and they are afraid of failure,” he said. For details, call 9448126944 or mail