Chandigarh, March 8, 2014: Piccadily Square organised a Kite Flying festival. According to Aditya Nath Sharma, MD, Piccadily Square, "Kite Flying has been a popular activity and tradition in North India. However, in modern times the culture seems to be dying, so we thought of organising a festival to buck the downtrend associated with Kite Flying.” Adds Sharma, "Our Mall, is one of Chandigarh's oldest landmarks, which has always endeavored to provide impeccable service & entertainment to visitors. The event provided a very exciting opportunity to kite flying enthusiasts who enjoyed the outing to the hilt, hopefully the art of Kite Flying will find its glory in years to come in Chandigarh.”
In the festival the participants were above 14 years old and all were amateurs. As a tribute to women on International women’s Day, women also took part in the fest. A kite made out especially with the women’s day theme attracted all at the festival. A There was an element of competition also. The kite flyers were judged on flying technique, skill, longest and highest flying etc by experts. The panel of Judges included -- M.M Dada, Sr. Audit Officer (Retd) and Dr. Devinder Pal Singh Sehgal, a Limca Book Record holder for making miniature kites.
Says Dr. Sehgal, “It is quite encouraging to see kite lovers; coming out in large numbers, to take part in the kite festival. Today children remain indoors; where they play video games, watch TV etc. this indoor life is unhealthy. However, the Kite flying hobby will bring them out doors and this will help them get Vitamin D from the Sun, improve eyesight, exercise their body and get entertainment at the same time."
A very informative and colourful stall about ‘Kites’ was also put up at the Piccadily Square during the Kite Flying festival. Dr Sehgal’s fancy, colourful, artistic and miniature kites with a message for International Peace & Brotherhood attracted everyone. It is noteworthy that Dr Sehgal is World Famous for Spreading social messages using Kites.
The Festival organised by Piccadily Square was instrumental in making young children aware about Kite Flying. Terms like 'Kite Fighting', in which participants try to snag each other's kites or cut other kites down, ‘Manja’ the specially coated string, the popular term ‘Woh Kata’ used if a cut is successful, became known to young children who visited the festival. Makar Sakranti is a festival which sees a lot of Kite Flying activity in Northern India, but festivals like the one organised in Chandigarh will certainly help generate a love for Kite Flying among the youth. At the Kite flying festival, the skyline of Chandigarh presented a very colourful picture with Kites trying to beat one another in their endeavour to be perched at the pinnacle.