Inspired by the Jaipur Kite Festival, which is held every year to mark the occasion of Makar Sankranti, JNU Kite Festival was the first attempt of its kind by Eesha Dangi, Rahul Yadav and Ankit Hans, students at Centre of Economic Studies and Planning, SSS to popularize this indigenous sport in the campus. It was held in the Sports Stadium between 10 am and 5 pm on 14th January 2016, though classes prevented the attendance of many before noon.
Although the participation was below the expectations of the organizers, those present made up for it in enthusiasm. One could choose from distinctly patterned kites and string reels available at different rates. Between the planes flying above and soft music playing on the grounds, you could hear the excited glees of students engaged in kite fighting. The vast ground and a light breeze ensured an easy maneuvering of kites.
The organizers acknowledged support from the administration in terms of funds for promotion, reimbursements for which are expected soon and especially thanked Manjushree Chauhan, Professor, Centre for Japanese Studies, for ensuring smooth organization of the event. Their next event is expected to be for the festival of Holi.
Mansi Singh is an MA student at CPS and works for the Art and Culture Pool at The Informer.
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