HAPPY MAKAR SANKRANTI – KITES

Hello Everyone,

Let me begin by wishing you all a very Happy Makar Sankranti. This festival of harvest is celebrated predominantly as Makar Sankranti in the Western regions of India and also as Lohri, Pongal, Uttarayan etc in the others. It is celebrated by distributing Til Gud (Sesame & Jaggery) sweets and flying kites early in the morning.

Talking about kite-flying, our Hindu ancestors found a fun way of basking in the morning sun. The morning sun being beneficial for the skin and body, warding off the infections & sickness during winters, kite flying was just a way to reap these benefits. And this tradition continues till date. Even though we live in dense concrete jungles, on this day the skies are full of kites in various sizes, shapes and colour.

So this year, I decided to go and capture the magic of kites before the festivities kicked in. I spent a whole morning walking the streets of Imambara/Dongri in Mumbai, meeting Kite makers and gathering these pictures and details.

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Makarsankranti/The kite house

The Kite House

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Makarsankranti/Look Inside

A look inside …

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Makarsankranti/So many beauties

So many beauties

These guys have it all in their shops. Kites, Charkhi(spools) & Manjha (Kite string) in all varieties, shapes and sizes. The well organised items stacked to be sold make their spaces very interesting and unconventionally appealing. Here’s a glimpse…

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Makarsankranti/A thread to hold

A thread to hold

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Makarsankranti/All stacked up

All stacked up!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Makarsankranti/A riot of colours

A Riot of Colours

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Makarsankranti/The hangers

The hangers

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Makarsankranti/The colourful spread

The colourful Spread

The kite designs were unique and interesting. There were Conventional geometric paper kites, Nylon ones with cartoon characters/movie star prints, Chinese Animal print kites, Special Occasion print kites and many unusual ones to choose from. However the most sold kites were those with a picture of Mr. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi Ji. I was lucky enough to get a click of the last one lying in the shop. Wow… Way to go Mr. Modi.

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Makarsankranti/Hello Mr Prime Minister

Hello Mr. Prime Minister

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Makarsankranti/Batman Begins

Batman Begins

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Makarsankranti/Fly high u beauty

Fly High you Beauty

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Makarsankranti/Happy Posers

Happy Posers

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Makarsankranti/A rowful of them...

A rowful of them…

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Makarsankranti/Starry Affair

Starry Affair

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Makarsankranti/JLove

Love is gonna be in the Air

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Makarsankranti/Kitey Kite

Kitey Kit

The Dongri Kite Centre even had a wall of fame displaying a collection of old kites, preserved by the owners.

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Makarsankranti/Wall of Fame

Wall of fame

It is interesting to note that these kite makers have been around for more than 60 years in this business. Their domestic kite sales start every August and end in January post this festival. The remaining year is spent working on import orders. Each shop boasts of some unique kite designs, different quality of manjha and of course their own customised spools. This market offers kites ranging from Rs 2 per piece to Rs 500 per piece.

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Makarsankranti/Kiteman

Kite Man!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Makarsankranti/Hanging Charkhis

The Hanging Charkhis

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Makarsankranti/Old Vs New

Old vs New!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Makarsankranti/Getting Creative

Getting Creative

I am happy I undertook this very fine adventure into an unknown area of my city. What an experience it has been. I ended up buying a few kites for my little one too. This is going to be his first Kite experience and I hope to make it a memorable one. Enjoy your day!

Cheers & Joy, Always!

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