Mangalore, Aug 27: Team Mangalore is all set to make Kudla tradition a big splash in land of Les Bleus, in the 18th International Kite Festival 2014 to be held at Dieppe from September 6.
Speaking at the press meet held at Press Club Dinesh Holla said that playing flag bearers for namma Kudla in Dieppe situated on the banks of the canal English Channel north of Rouen is city’s own intrepid group of kite flyers – Team Mangalore who are undertaking their seventh visit to the city and sixth overall for this particular kite festival.
He also said that, a total of 42 countries will participate in the 18 Kite Festival to be held at Dieppe, which has been listed among 300 biggest world events.
He also said that team consisting of Sarvesh Rao, Dinesh Holla, Sathish Rao, Shashank Shetty and Pran Hegde will lead the parade with the tradition dhoti kurtha and shawl with ’mutale’ to represent culture of Tulunad.
Another member Sarvesh said that the festival will give a different experience for the team, since India has been given the guest of honour along with Indonesia. Team Mangalore is the lone participant from India and will also represent the country.
in that the organisers have given India the status of guest of honour along with Indonesia given kite flyers from these nations the honour of leading the traditional parade prior to the actual festival. With Team Mangalore the lone participant from India at the festival, the kite flyers are all set to unleash their myriad kite collection on the sea front at Dieppe in this nine-day festival.
Another feather in the cap for the team is that the official poster of the event that has been widely circulated throughout France and given to the participating teams has been designed by Dinesh Holla, an artist himself.
As a part of festival, an exhibition will be displayed and team’s latest creations – Vibhishana and Sangama along with 35 works will be on display.
Speaking on Vibhishana and Sangama, Holla said that team has worked for 26 nights involving around 100 man hours to create ‘Vibhishana’, while it took less than five nights for ‘Sangama’.
Vibihshana is a kite measuring 30 feet wide and nine feet wide including the tail. Whereas Sangama is a rokkaku kite, with hexagon shaped six-sided kite with a height of nine feet and five feet wide.,
He also said that, the team is set with its creation ‘Surya’ – a rokkaku kite and ’Deepa’ shaped in the form of a lamp, containing a lamp in within to suit the theme of night kite flying.
Apart from it, the team will also fly their special kites such as Yakshagana, Kathakali, Gajaraja, Garuda, Boothakola, Pushpaka Vimana on the occasion, he added.