GUWAHATI, Feb 22 � Fagun belongs to the flamboyant Madar blossoms but this time Fagun will definitely be the prerogative of the kite lovers. Come Sunday, that is February 26, and the banks of the Brahmaputra in Guwahati will be transformed into a battleground for kite lovers desiring to touch the skies.
Jeevan Initiative is organizing a festival of kites at Uzanbazar Jahaj Ghat with an aim to promote Assam on the itinerary of domestic as well as international tourists.
This festival with an appropriate theme �The Sky is Mine till I have Desire to Fly� is open to people of all age group. It needs to be mentioned here that apart from promoting the tourism potential of the State, the festival is also aimed at creating a positive atmosphere here.
Editor of Jeevan Suresh Ranjan Goduka informed that the festival will also highlight the cultural treasure trove of the State.
�We decided the theme of the festival after much deliberation. Kite flying is not only a source of entertainment, but it also teaches an important lesson of life � to always aim for the higher and better,� said Goduka, adding that this festival will surely project Assam in a positive light before the rest of India.
The organizers have designed ten special kites with ethnic themes � like the Khol, the Bortaal, the river dolphin, etc.
Apart from the contest of kite flying, there is also an arrangement for participating in the open kite flying programme and the enthusiasts can design their own special kites for the occasion.
�We have tried our best to give a local folk ambience to the venue and so the entire festival setting will be bamboo and other natural elements,� said Goduka.
For the kids of Guwahati, this is surely going to be an opportunity to know what life offered as childhood pleasures in the past. Not many in the capital city have seen a kite and Goduka said that the children will not only have fun but will also learn. There is an arrangement for kite designing workshop as well.
Along with the beauty of the Brahmaputra, citizens will be entertained to a game of football that will be played with the rabab tenga like in the earlier days.
The other programmes of the festival include ethnic dance, traditional boat race (naokhel), theme-based photo and art exhibition, performance of holi geet, diha naam, thiya nam, folk rock band, traditional magic, etc. For the food lovers, there will be ethnic food in abundance.
The festival will be inaugurated at 10 am and continue till 7 pm.