THE HISTORY OF KITES

200 BC,Huen Tsang of China flew a kite at night to overawe the army of the Han dynasty. From 100 BC to AD 500, kites were used for sending signals and to measure the distance of enemy camps.

In AD 930, the Japanese mentioned Shiroshi, meaning paper bird, for the first time. Between AD 960 and AD 1126, kite flying became a popular sport in China.

The ninth day of the ninth month was a day when kites were flown to banish evil.

In Indian literature, kites were mentioned for the first time in the work Madhumati by Manzan, and were called

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The kite is a fragile creation - two pieces of bamboo and a scrap of tissue paper - yet it occupies a special place in our hearts and minds, for the kite is one of the most powerful symbols of man's desire to break free from the shackles of this Earth. Flying high above, the kite invites you to look up into the limitless sky, to let the worries of daily existence drop away, to let your soul soar up into the blue. In the sky there are no boundaries and it's a little easier to believe that the differences of caste, colour,religion or nationality are artificial divisions that have no real basis in the scheme of Creation. In daily life you hardly ever see anyone looking up into the sky; we're all caught up in our mundane existence, scuttling about like ants with our eyes to the ground. At the very most we look straight ahead, or behind, or around us. The only ones who look up to the sky on a regular basis are madmen,or children ... or kite flyers. And this looking up widens your horizons, it puts you in touch with nature, with yourself. It teaches you that man is but an insignificant speck in the universe. It teaches you that . .

"There are more things in Heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt   of in your philosophy."

It teaches you humility, it teaches you respect for the fragile eco-system that we live in and take for granted. It teaches to accept that our differences are superficial and that our universal oneness is the greater truth.

Kites connect people across the boundaries of race, religion, nationality and even language.So come, let us fly a kite.

"Aao Patang Udayen Khushiyon Main Ek Ho Jayen"

Kite History It is not certain as to where the first kites came from Details
About Kite Kites have made their appearance over three thousand years ago Details
Bridling techniques
The traditional Indian fighter kite flies on a two-point bridle.
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Flyingline - Sadda and Manjha There are two kinds of flying line the plain cotton line called Sadda and the glass coated cutting line calledManjha. Details
How does an Indian kite fly? Despite its simplicity two pieces of bamboo and a scrap of tissue paper, the Indian fighter kite is a sophisticated flying machine. Details
Similarity in Eastern kite Traditions Though kite flying as a sport has seen tremendous progress and innovation in the Western world Details
Spools The traditional Indian kite spool or charkhi is a tube created with split pieces of bamboo stuck into two wooden discs with protruding stick handles Details
Indian Kite Sport Indian kites are flown on glass coated cotton cutting line called manjha and the object of the sport is to cut down your opponent's kite. Details
Kite Festivals Makar Sankranti is the great traditional Indian kite festival. It falls on the 14th of January Details
Practical Uses of Kite Kites can be used to carry light effects such as lightsticks or battery powered lights Details
Kite Materials Kites typically consist of one or more spars to which a paper or fabric sail is attached Details