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Kite with electric lights flies into record books

delhi Updated: Jan 16, 2010 17:05 IST

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An Ahmedabad-based businessman flew a kite with 572 tiny electric lights attached to its string that lit up the evening sky and - took him straight into the record books.

Umang Bhai Thakkar, 45, has made the record by flying a kite with the most number of electric lights on it, Rinki Tomar, India Book of Records co-publisher, told IANS here.

The venue selected for the event on Thursday was the rooftop of a 22-storey revolving restaurant called Patang Hotel, owned by Thakkar.

Thakkar, who was leading a group of 10 kite-flyers, achieved the feat in about 32 minutes, starting at 7.58 p.m. and ending at 8.30 p.m. The kite was around 8 feet long.

"We had set up a target of around 800 electric lights but due to heavy wind and bad weather we could manage 572 electric lights, which was quite satisfactory," Paavan Solanki, an international kite-flyer, told IANS on phone from the Gujarat city.

The string, made of synthetic cloth, was 107 metres long. Each of the tiny lights had a battery and a switch attached to it.

"The crowd was so encouraging, the whole rooftop was jampacked with over 300 people and those who could not make it to the rooftop witnessed the event from around the building," said Solanki, who is also Ahmedabad Kite Flyers Association secretary.

"We have videographed every moment and it was amazing to see Thakkar's effort and involvement to create the record," said Chetan Upadhyaya, India Book of Records observer.

Thakkar has also applied to the Guinness Book of World Records and the Limca Book of Records.