kite and food festivals lined up
Jamshedpur : From soaring kites to rock music and food festival to cultural parade, the city is getting ready to host the first Jamshedpur Carnival on January 18 and 19.
Taking a leaf out of carnivals held in Goa and Gujarat, the Steel City is taking baby-steps towards creating a festival that will attract tourists from across the country. The carnival is being organised jointly by Tata Steel, XLRI and Jusco.
The carnival will start with a carnival parade from Jubilee park till Gopal Maidan spreading the message of festivity all around.
Sunil Bhaskaran, deputy vice president, corporate services, Tata Steel, said that it is an ambitious initiative to bring the citizens of the city on a common platform and engage them in different activities.
“The administration is also supporting our initiative and we plan to make it annual event with added vibrant activities,” he said while addressing the media at Centre for Excellence.
“We feel that Jamshedpur has great potential to organise festivals and boost the tourism and are trying to create awareness amongst all stakeholders in the city to promote it,” said Ronald D’costa, a city-based hotelier.
Sharing the details of the programme, he said that for the first time Jamshedpur will play host to Kite Festival on the January 19. The fest will be inaugurated by T V Narendran, managing director, Tata Steel.
Guinness world record holder Mehul Pathak and his team from Ahmedabad will participate in which the participants will get opportunity to make kite as well as show their talent in flying kites the festival.
Latter in the night special LED kites will soar in the sky.
“ We also would like to inform that there will be some intra city competitions where teams from various organisations, institution’s will take part in some cultural activities such as dance, music, along with a workshop on kite making and Poy art,” said D’costa.
Prabhakar Singh, president, Jamshedpur Hoteliers’ Association, a food festival will also be a part of the carnival and delicacies of different states would be served for the people.
“ Simple events like this can provide just the encouragement a city member needs to continue to keep our community healthy, and help us to give this city of Jamshedpur a new experience this New Year.
Ashish Sharma, the brain child behind the kite festival said that they have big plans for the festival and want it to feature on the annual festival calendar. It will be a great way of boosting tourism in the city.