Amdavad: Monday: Inaugurating International Kite Festival at Sabarmati Riverfront, Chief Minister Shri Narendrabhai Modi said, “Gujarat has delivered a message to the world by the celebrations of Makarsankranti and Patangotsav. The message is loud and clear- Festival of Love for Nature.”

Gujarat has taken path breaking initiative. The International Kite festival has earned a global niche. It unites us with the world. Chief Minister said it with pride and passion.

In the morning, people thronged at Sabarmati Riverfront with National and International Kite-Lovers. The function began with
Aditya Stuti Vandana.

The stage was spruced up and decorated with the spirit of classical Amdavadi traditions. Chief Minister flied a balloon-shaped kite to mark the inauguration of International Kite Festival.

Around 7500 children performed Yoga and Surya-Namaskar.

As many as 120 Kitists from 34 nations and 105 Kitists from different States of India are participating the international kite Festival. Chief Minister Shri Narendrabhai Modi arrived in an Open-Jeep; thunderous applause greeted the Chief Minister when he moved across the venue in the Open-Jeep. Speaker of the Assembly Shri Ashok Bhatt, Tourism Minister Shri Jaynarayan Vyas and other Minister enjoyed the festival with the citizens.

Shri Narendrabhai Modi extended warm greetings to the citizens on the occasion of Vivekanand Jayanti and Makarsankranti. We offer an
Ardhya- divine respect- to Surya Devata through Patangotsav, he added. We worship Sun, since many ages.

Entire world is facing serious crisis of Global Warming and Climate Change. He inspired to cultivate life-styles that can best co-exist with the nature. “With immense affinity and love towards nature, we may find the right solutions for the global-crisis. It is the right step towards the new climate order,” added C.M.

Chief Minister gave compliments to School Children for performing Surya-Namaskar. He also outlined the cultural importance of Surya-Vandana, and advantages of Yoga.

The first decade of 21st Century witnessed robust economic growth and development of Gujarat, and the second decade charts bright avenues of ‘Swarnim Gujarat'. Gujarat is celebrating ‘Suvarna Jayanti Varsh' with pride and glory. Gujarat is determined to scale new heights; Chief Minister announced it from the Sabarmati Riverfront.

Tourism Minister highlighted the milestone achievements of Gujarat under the leadership of Shri Narendrabhai Modi, he added, Gujarat would be positioned in the line of developed nations in the coming days. Gujarat has taken rapid strides in various sectors. Gujarat is celebrating festival, which is promoting love for nature on PPP mode is showing path to the nation.

Students of ‘Bhagvant Vidhya Peeth' recited Sanskrit-Chants, 7500 Children from around 100 Municipal School performed Surya- Vandana.

State Ministers, M.Ps, Mayor of Amdavad, Chairman Gujarat Tourism Corporation, Chief Secretary Shri A.K.Joti, and National-International kitists were among the others who attended the function.

Cultural program on the theme of kite was presented by artists.

Information Bureau, Government of Gujarat

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