Tata Steel managing director TV Narendran (fifth from right) inaugurates the kite festival at Jamshedpur Carnival at Gopal Maidan on Sunday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Denizens’ spirits soared higher than the kites at Gopal Maidan on Sunday, the second and concluding day of Jamshedpur Carnival 2014.
People of all ages gathered at the Bistupur green lung for the kite festival, organised as part of the two-day city fest.
Besides flying kites, children and adults alike learnt designing patangs from Guinness Book world record holder Mehul Pathak, who led a four-member team to conduct a workshop at the venue. The team had brought kites of different sizes and shapes along with them.
A kiosk selling kites of various designs and other accessories was also put up at the venue.
During the workshop, for which one had to shell out Rs 250, Pathak and his team taught the audience that flying kites was an art that could be perfected with science.
Pathak also taught participants to make kites without bamboo frames. With the right application of physics and maths, wind pressure was enough to propel a kite, said the expert.
“This is the first time we are in Jamshedpur. The festival drew a good response. Especially children were very enthusiastic,” said Ahmedabad-based Pathak, who runs a kite club in his hometown.
Earlier in the day, Tata Steel Managing director T.V. Narendran inaugurated the kite festival. “This festival has been organised at a suitable time as this is the season for flying kites. The Jamshedpur Carnival is an attempt to do something different. We want to make it an annual event,” Narendran said.
As the sun went down, LED kites and flying lanterns lit up the sky to wide applause from the audience.
A free-of-cost workshop on Poi, an art form involving the use of fire, was also held on the occasion. The evening saw seasoned Poi artistes make patterns of fire in the air.
Earlier in the morning, a remote-controlled aircraft won hearts by raining flowers on the visitors and local group Zero Gravity performed daredevil stunts on bicycles.
This apart, Harry and Group, a band comprising management and engineering trainees of Tata Steel performed at the Maidan. DJ group Groove Station kept spirits up by playing foot-tapping remix numbers to add to the festive feel.
For foodies, Jamshedpur Hoteliers’ Association had arranged for eight kiosks put up by city hotels and offering a host of Chinese, Indian, continental and regional delicacies.
The organising team claimed that over 15,000 people participated in the festivities at Gopal Maidan on Sunday.
“The first year has been great. Two years down the line, this will be a major event in the city,” said Ronald D’Costa, a member of the organising team.
The two-day Jamshedpur Carnival, which started on Saturday with a parade from Jubilee Park, was hosted by Tata Steel jointly with Jusco, XLRI and Jamshedpur Hoteliers’ Association.