Mangaluru, Sept 23, 2016: Team Mangalore, the hobby group of kite-fliers from the coastal city, has once again displayed its splendid kites that sparkled in the skies of Dieppe in France during the International Kite Festival held there recently.
This time, Team Mangalore shed light on the lives of tribals in India through its unique six-foot wide ’Aadivasi’ kite that showed two tribals enjoying kite flying. Another unique 18 foot long and 12 foot wide kite named ’Dampathi’ (Couple) showed a man in Mysuru Peta and a woman in sari, resplendent of Indian tradition.
This is the seventh year that eminent artist Dinesh Holla and Satish Rao from Team Mangalore are participating in this event.
The poster of the Dieppe Kite Festival depicting the art forms of Dieppe and India, which was designed by Dinesh Holla received much applaud. An exhibition of Holla’s 36 works of art named ’Raaga Rekha’ too also widely appreciated.
Holla’s painting of “Indian Tribal” on a 36-metre-long canvas to mark the 36 years of the kite festival won the commendation of Sandrine Saffurg, organiser of ’Dieppe Capital of Kites.’ She even conferred a recognition award on him.
Displaying its great concern for environment, Team Mangalore has even tried to draw the attention of everyone towards the harm being caused to the eco-sensitive Western Ghats in the name of various projects including Yettinahole. Through a signature campaign, it has collected signatures from kite flying team members of 28 nations for a memorandum in this regard and has sent the same to UNESCO through the Dieppe Mayor Sebastian Jumel.