Miniature Kite Museum
About miniature kite museum
Miniature kite museum is an initiative by Raheel Patel, displaying his collection of miniature kite forms of new and old times. With its miniature and souvenir kites, this museum promises to be one of its kind and will reveal some fascinating facts about kites.
Kites are a fascinating subject, especially for Amdavadis ( the people of the city ahmedabad ) in state Gujarat INDIA, as is evident from the colourful skies every Uttarayan ( The festival of Kite Flying in INDIA ). Both Gujarat and the country as a whole have a rich story to share about Indian kite history.
Raheel Patel, the man behind the miniature kite museum in Ahmedabad, has been displaying his collection that reveals some fascinating facts about kites. And now he has been invited to relate his story about Indian kites in Toronto CANADA on September 17 at the kite festival called 'Windfest 2011' that is supported by Gujarat tourism.
"Indian tradition and culture has a deep logical and scientific meaning hidden behind it. Apart from kites, I will touch upon the traditions associated with this festival at the exhibition in Toronto."
Have you wondered why we eat til ni chikki and undhiyu during Uttarayan? Since this festival comes during winter the cold weather increases gas and discomfort in the body. Jaggery helps in controlling this. Til or sesame seeds provide energy and necessary nutrients to the joints and ligaments in the body, which keeps one strong. Undhiyu, that's made of starchy vegetables, provide the body with the necessary fats which generate energy and prevents gastric problems.
Patel is a miniature kite maker who studied at MS University in Vadodara. "Such festivals will boost tourism in Gujarat and create awareness about Gujarat's rich heritage. There will be many international kite flyers who will come there and it will prove to be a good platform for us. Talking about the history of kites he says, "Kites are considered to be a part of India's cultural heritage. The stories of India's medieval age tell us that kite flying was enjoyed and encouraged by various Indian rulers.
Apparently the nawabs or rulers of Lucknow used to fly their kites with a small purse of gold/silver attached to them as a reward for those who could cut their kites. Sawai Ram Singh, the king of Jaipur, was also very fond of kites and had commissioned a patang khana or kite factory in the 16th century to especially make kites for him.
The references from India's Moghul era and Indian poetry also describe kites being used by lovers to convey messages to each other. The Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur has a few exquisite wall paintings depicting kites being flown during a local celebration." In INDIA.