Kite festival dominates Delhi skyline

11th Dec 2012

Kite makers and fliers from across the world have taken part in the second edition of the International Kite Festival in Delhi, India.

Those in attendance at the festival over the weekend of December 8 and 9 travelled from far flung places including the UK, France, Thailand and Indonesia.

While thousands of international kites were on display, a team of kite lovers from the coastal town of Karnataka kept the Indian culture alive through their Garuda and Kathakali dancer kites.

The group, known as Team Mangalore, holds the current Limca record for the biggest kite in India, at 32-ft-long.

Sarvesh Rao, a businessman and member of the group, said: "Making kites and flying them is our hobby and passion."

Ashok Sha, from Maharashtra, was also in attendance at the Delhi kite festival. The kite-maker, who has been involved in the trade for almost two decades, has a huge collection of kites ranging from between one inch to 200 inches.

One of the UK representatives in Delhi was Graham Lockwood, who developed his passion for kites as a way to entertain his children. Mr Lockwood said in the end his children never really took an interest in kites but he became hooked instead.

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