Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Mysuru Dasara kite flying competition 2014

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Last week we were in Mysore and we went to Lalit Mahal palace helipad to witness Kite flying competition, part of Dasara festivals. It started at 10 AM but that was just registration. Actual flying would start only by 11.30AM and would go on till evening, with each participant getting 10 mins to exhibit his/her kite flying skills. We didn’t have the luxury of time to stay back there till evening, so we spent an hour or so and left. In that period, we bought a kite (Rs 50 for the kite, Rs 20 for the thread) and practiced kite flying. It was real fun.

There were many others- participants or not flying their kites. Below are some of the good ones I clicked.

The tiger shaped kite was the most attractive one and looked extremely real... Lots of thought has gone into the design of this kite.

The boat shaped kite was another good one

And there were a few serial kites- hundreds of small ones tied to each other
 An eagle shaped kite
 Another one
 Heart shaped kite
 Mahatma Gandhi
And on popular demand, below the the kite we bought and flew...

For the competition, each participant will get 10 minutes to fly his/her kite, during which he/she will be scored based on multiple factors like the height it reaches, design of the kite, skill of the participant in flying the kite etc. If the kite touches ground, then participant is disqualified. (He/she needs to keep the kite in air for 10 mins, wind or no wind). There were many other rules as well.

There were special prizes for eco-friendly kites etc. As we were flying our kite, an ETV crew came and took our byte about kite flying experience. Not sure if it got aired.

Related: Early morning visit to Chamundi hills Dancing peacocks at Karanji Kere * Some more Chamundi hills photos *Bharachukki falls, Shivanasamudram * Hogenakkal from Karnataka side

Watch the video on serial kite


Anita said...

Lovely kites!
Oh! You flew your own kite too! Great!
Which one is yours?

Shrinidhi Hande said...

@Anita: Thanks for asking. Added our kite photo at the end... it was a simple one..

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Meoww said...

I have never been to see the kite festival in Mysore. Must be fun to see the different kites or just gaze at the sky dotted with the beauties.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Yes, it was lots of fun

Priyashi said...

Beautiful colorful kites.... Good photos...:)

Datta Ghosh said...

Wow that was cool, good this sport is still so much in vogue

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Datta, Priyashi

Siddhartha Joshi said...

These are so cool!

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Sid