International Kite Festival 2010 – Ahmedabad


Hi,

The festival of Uttarayan is a uniquely Gujarati phenomenon, when the skies over most cities of the state fill with kites from before dawn until well after dark. The festival marks the days in the Hindu calendar when winter begins turning to summer, known as Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan. On what is usually a bright warm sunny day with brisk breezes to lift the kites aloft, across the state almost all normal activity is shut down and everyone takes to the rooftops and roadways to fly kites and compete with their neighbors.

Kites of all shapes and sizes are flown, and the main competition is to battle nearby kite-flyers to cut their strings and bring down their kites. For this, people find their favored kite-makers who prepare strong resilient kite bodies with springy bamboo frames and kite-paper stretched to exactly the right tension. Lastly, the kites are attached to a spool (or firkin) of manja, special kite-string coated with a mixture of glue and glass to be as sharp as possible for cutting strings of rival kites. Production of kites and kite supplies can be seen on the streets of Ahmedabad beginning in November, to get ready for Uttarayan, and nowhere more so than in Patang Bazaar, the special kite market that appears in the old city. For the week preceding the festival, it is open 24 hours a day for all kite lovers to stock up for the festivities.

Here I am posting some photos of International Kite Festival (Uttarayan) held at Ahmedabad, Gujarat on 10th-14th Jan, 2010. Many Thanks to jjenet. Because of his great effort, we get this beautiful collection.

[*Click on photo will redirect you to jjenet’s collection]

International Kite Festival

International Kite Festival

Firki

Firki

Firki

Firki

Making of Manja

Making of Manjaa

Making of Manja

Making of Manjaa

Cartoon Kite

Cartoon Kite

Devil Kite

Devil Kite

Dragon Kite

Dragon Kite

Fish Kite

Fish Kite

Kite

Kite

Kite

Kite

Kite

Kite

Kite

Kite

Lined Kite

Lined Kite

Pairing Kite

Pairing Kite

Kites in Action

Kites in Action

Peacock Kite

Peacock Kite

Red Spiral Kite

Red Spiral Kite

Sun Kite

Sun Kite

Tweety Kite

Tweety Kite

Spiral Kite

Spiral Kite

Round Kite

Round Kite

Kite

Kite

Kite

Kite

!!! Jai Jai Garvi Gujarat !!!

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5 Responses to International Kite Festival 2010 – Ahmedabad

  1. Sahil says:

    I make manja sale kite

  2. Hi, Thanks for sharing – i have seen my photo on first…good blog and sharing, – Myself Paavan Solanki – founder and president of Royal Kite Flyers Club – please keep in touch

    • shahujvaln says:

      Hi Paavan,

      Thanks for visiting “Ujval’s Lounge”.. It’s my pleasure to share such a good collection and getting message from you.

      Thanks,
      Uj,

  3. Vini says:

    the pics are awesome 🙂

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