Sankranti function enthuses young & old
KITES FILLED the sky and the ground was occupied by women playing the traditional Indian sport of ?gilli-danda? and were treated to a feast after the exciting activities of the day with dishes made from oil seed.india Updated: Jan 16, 2006 19:06 IST
KITES FILLED the sky and the ground was occupied by women playing the traditional Indian sport of ‘gilli-danda’ and were treated to a feast after the exciting activities of the day with dishes made from oil seed. This was the scene a day after ‘Makar Sankranti’ at a function organised by Lok Sanskriti Manch at Khalsa Stadium grounds today.
Manch president Shankar Lalwani said that every one, from the young to the old, officials and politicians and the Press and public participated in the activities organised to mark ‘Sankranti’. The kite-flying competition was touted as the biggest-ever held in the City. Indian sports like ‘gilli-danda’ and ‘sitoliya’ were played and a culinary competition based on ‘til-gud’ (oilseed and jaggery) was also held. An interesting feature of this competition was that women participated in games and sports and men did some cooking for a change.
Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) Commissioner P Narhari felicitated winners of various competitions. Rajkumar Hariyani stood first in the kite-flying competition, while Zafar Hussein and Kamaljeet Singh Chhabra came second and third respectively. Young kite flyer Amanpal Tongya and handicapped Radheshyam Gupta were given special prizes.
Khalsa cultural Association stood first in the ‘gilli-danda’ competition, while Valmiki Club emerged as the runners-up. Ravi Verma team, Shashi Malviya team and Vivek Kumar Patni team came first, second and third respectively in the ‘sitoliya’ competition.
Varsha Malpani and Mamta Gupta stood first and second respectively in the oilseed dishes (sweet) preparation competition and Sangeeta Gupta and Archana Soni stood first and second respectively in the (sour) dishes preparation competition.
District Collector Vivek Aggarwal cut the kite of Superintendent Police (SP) Adarsh Katiyar who managed to settle the score by making Agarwal caught out in the game of ‘sitoliya’. Additional Collector Rameshwar Gupta and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) City president Ramesh Mendola fought it out in the game of ‘gilli-danda’. Six special prizes were also given to outstanding performers.