Tourism & Tribal Welfare Minister Ajmeera Chandulal along with officials announcing the Telangana International Kite Festival - 2018, in Hyderabad on Wednesday
Tourism & Tribal Welfare Minister Ajmeera Chandulal along with officials announcing the Telangana International Kite Festival - 2018, in Hyderabad on Wednesday

Hyderabad: To promote tourism in Telangana in a big way, the State government will be conducting the third ‘Telangana International Kite Festival (TIKF) – 2018’ in the city from January 13 to 15. Addressing the media at the Secretariat here, along with Tourism Secretary Venkatesham, Tourism & Tribal Welfare Minister Ajmeera Chandulal said the kite festival would be conducted at the Parade Grounds in Secunderabad. The Kite festival coincides with Makara Sankranthi festival with fund and fervour followed by Sweet Festival.

“Educate a girl child and she will change the world” is the theme of the Kite Festival to be attended by 11 countries, several States and 11 pan India clubs wherein 40 international kite flyers will participate in the grand event, according to the Minister.

Chandulal said Malavat Purna, the youngest girl in the world to scale the Mount Everest, was the brand ambassador for the Kite Festival to be celebrated on a grand note. State Tourism, in coordination with the National Tourism Department, will be conducting the Kite Festival being sponsored by departments like TSTDC, Singareni Collieries, Mineral Development Corporation, Southern Travels, TSRTC, GHMC, Hyderabad Metro Rail, TSWREIS, Aga Khan Academy and Air Asia.

The Minister said the Kite Festival was held for a social cause to create awareness on the importance of education and empowerment of girl children and expected a footfall of one lakh visitors to the mega event. Venkatesham said noted Indian mountaineer, Malavat Purna, would be inspirational to the youngsters on the occasion. He released a book on kites, displayed a big beautiful kite and launched a website on the occasion.

He said they would also conduct an International “Sweet Festival” for the first time on the occasion to have about 1,000 varieties of sweets on display. He also said the mammoth Interstate Sweet Festival would be conducted to have on display delicacies, including international, Indian, State and domestic and house-made. Visitors could enjoy the feast at the two festivals on the occasion, he added.