Bangalore International Airport celebrates 'Season of Smiles'


Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has announced a month-long extravaganza for its passengers themed ‘Season of Smiles’. With the entire city in a festive mood as the holiday season sets in, Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru is all set to spread smiles and celebrate with the city. Season of Smiles, a month-long festival of happiness from December 18th, 2014, to January 18th, 2015, is an attempt to spread joy among its passengers and visitors through music and art. The airport, in collaboration with its stakeholders, will don a bright and festive look, setting the stage for varied activities and performances in contribution to the community.

The festivities at the airport will come to life with strong city partnerships including Bangalore School of Music, a registered trust and non-profit organisation, committed to education of music and Dhaatu, a non- profit organization founded to revive the art of Puppetry and storytelling. These associations will bring alive the festive spirit surrounding Christmas, New Year, Pongal and Sankranti. All through this time, passengers can win daily prizes worth INR 50,000 or more, and four mega prizes worth INR 10 Lac. Daily prize includes smartphones, two-night stays at a leading hotel and airline tickets to a domestic destination. The mega prize includes a diamond jewellery set, an all-expense paid three-night-four days cricket experience, airline tickets to an international destination and free dining at the airport for a year. Passengers can participate in this lucky draw by purchase of products or food and beverage worth INR 100 at any of the retail, food and beverage outlets and lounges at the airport.

The activities will reach a crescendo during the year end, when the airport will engage passengers through caricature artists, fortune tellers and musicians to bring in a joyous 2015. These activities will be seen again during Pongal and Sankranti, celebrated to mark the beginning of spring, with five to seven hours of music. Visitors can also watch in action an origami artist, who will create paper crafts with the passengers.

“The Season of Smiles is BIAL’s way of showing the city our gratitude and doing what we can to spread joy. Collaborating with Dhaatu to revive the art of Puppetry and working with the Bangalore School of Music to help spread the cheer has been exciting for us. This is an opportunity to demonstrate to the world how Bengaluru celebrates the festive season; with our welcoming spirit and support for talent across music, arts, crafts and lots of gifts too”, said Mr. G V Sanjay Reddy, MD, BIAL

Activities around music and lost art of puppetry

The Season of Smiles will celebrate the city’s growing musical talent by giving them a platform to perform at the airport. Passengers will be treated to a variety of performances from melodious serenades to large group orchestras of 70 musicians; at the kerb side. In December they will elevate spirits at the airport with festive carols and songs.

"This is truly a unique partnership and we are elated that the airport has reached out to us to work on a concept like this. In India and around the world, music plays a transformative role in elevating the mood and soothing the mind. We are delighted to partner with BIAL to introduce passengers to the young musical talent from Bangalore. The BSM has, for the past 27 years, nurtured and trained local musical talent to reach International standards and this collaboration is yet another platform for our talented ones. Together with the airport, we hope to give the precious gift of music and an opportunity to smile to travellers from Bangalore and visitors from the world”, Ms Aruna Sunderlal, Founder and Managing Trustee, Bangalore School of Music

The association with Dhaatu will bring to life popular Kannada and Hindi songs being performed by wooden puppets. Passengers will be treated toPuppet shows, photo opportunities with puppet installations and interactive opportunities with the puppeteers behind the scene.

“The Hemanta Ritu with its pleasant weather has been famous for celebrations from ancient times in this land of Karnataka. It is wonderful that the BIAL is promoting the intangible heritage of Puppetry during this season. The Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru has to be congratulated for its vision and foresight in bringing to the people what they can enjoy and celebrate. Puppets from Dhaatu Puppet Theater are all ready to enchant the people at the Kempegowda international airport. We invite one and all to this fun, frolic and festivities of Karnataka Puppetry at the airport,” saidAnupama Hoskere, Founder, Dhaatu.


Scholarship for kids


With an intention to create memorable moments of cheer for those who need it the most, the airport will organize a special event at the kerb side for young children associated with Sarvodaya Service Society, an NGO that shelters homeless kids and children with learning disability. The occasion goes beyond a party; select children will receive the gift of knowledge, with scholarships to continue their education for a year.

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