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When spirits soared on wings of paper

Shehnaz Belim didn’t know how to fly a kite till she got married into a family of kite makers in Jodhpur.

Shehnaz Belim didn’t know how to fly a kite till she got married into a family of kite makers in Jodhpur. Years later,she not only learnt the craft of kite making but also excelled at kite flying. Her passion made her travel to Delhi along with her husband and four-year-old daughter to participate in the kite festival at India Gate over the weekend.

The festival has been organised by Delhi Tourism in association with Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation and Development Corporation and Department of Arts and Culture.

“When I got married,I had to learn how to fly a kite because my husband used to enjoy it. But now it has become a passion for me,’’ said Shehnaz.

To get more women to participate in the festival,a special ‘kite-cutting’ tournament for women and children below the age of 14 will also be held on Sunday.

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Jamaluddin,the organiser,said 32 of the 250 kite-flying clubs in the city are participating. “There are participants from Tamil Nadu,Uttar Pradesh,Chandigarh,Gujarat,etc. We are hoping to make it an annual affair,’’ said a Delhi Tourism official.