Mangaluru, Jan 14, 2019: The Mangaluru city two-day river festival concluded amidst enthusiasm on January 13, Sunday; The second day of the festival drew thousands of visitors, a high note was struck with J&B Vibes band entertaining visitors.
Visitors thronged food and other stalls and enjoyed the boat rides, kayaking, speed boat ride and other attractions.
DK Additional Deputy Commissioner Kumar said, “The festival attracted huge crowds. The visitors increased substantially towards evening. Over 5,000 people visited on day-one. The organisers expected 15,000 people to visit the fest on Sunday. We had to switch off the lights on Saturday night at 9.30 pm, and shoo visitors away.”
Free ride : Six KSRTC buses operated from Kuloor, Bangra Kuloor and Sulthan Bathery, ferrying visitors to the venue free of cost. Kumar added that if two permanent jetties were constructed at the venue, then it would help promote tourism by the riverside. Food stalls did brisk business. People queued up to taste the traditional chicken and fish delicacies.
Kite flying : The demand for baskets made by Koragas and handloom garments were not so encouraging for stall owners. Colourful kites of different sizes were sold to kite lovers. Children were seen enjoying flying kites. In fact, IGP (Western Range) sportingly was seen trying his hand at kite flying. Children danced to the drum jammers’ beats.
After enjoying the boat ride, students who had come from Manipal said: “We really enjoyed the festival. We came to Bangra Kuloor to be a part of the river festival. The serene beauty of the place, boat ride and the food stalls were superb.”
The general comment was “We enjoyed the river festival. The dance, music, food and the boat ride; we enjoyed them all.”
One enthusiastic lady said “The river festival provided me with an escape for the hustle and bustle of city life. The serene ambience on riverbank provided a thrilling experience.”
As part of river festival, Karavali Chitra Kala Chavadi organised an art exhibition on the banks of river Phalguni, at Bagrakulooru.
With overwhelming response to the maiden two-day Mangaluru River Festival at Bangra Kuloor, the Dakshina Kannada district administration is considering holding more events at the government land in Bangra Kuloor on the banks of the Phalguni.
While around 3,000 people visited Bangra Kuloor on Saturday evening, there were more number of visitors on Sunday when the two-day festival concluded. “People are continuing to come here from Sultan Battery in ferries. It was a challenge for us to send these people back today,” said an official overseeing the operation of ferries.
DK DC Sasikanth Senthil S. said that a majority of visitors came by ferries on which folk singers and other artistes performed. DC Senthil said that the administration is considering leasing out the 23-acre government land in Bangra Kuloor for holding such events. “We can make better use of this land. Ferry rides to this venue will add value to events held here,” he told media. The district administration has proposed the construction of 20 jetties on the Phalguni riverside. People flocked to the over 20 stalls at the flea market at Bangara Kuloor on Saturday and Sunday evening. A whole range of readymade dress material, fancy items, bamboo baskets and organic vegetables were sold. There were food stalls selling traditional fish delicacies and North Indian food. Performance by rock bands was well appreciated.Winners : Kayaking and Stand up pedalling competitions were organised on the occasion. The winners are Men’s kayaking—Shailesh Coelho (I), Movin D’Souza (II) and Sachin (III); Men’s stand up pedalling—Akshay (I), Nihal Salian (II), Selva (III); Women’s Kayaking —Tanvi Jagadish (I), Rhea Goyal (II), Sthuthi (III); Women’s stand up pedalling—Sthuthi (I), Harshitha Achar (II) and Brahmi (III).
The general plea heared was such things must be held more regularly here. The festival was indeed a big bang.