uttarayan 2013

Street kids play of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India by sandeepachetan. The sun isn’t very harsh at this time of the year. Happy Makar Sankranti to All Come up and be a Kite, On a Diamond Flight! Makar Sankranti marks the first Hindu festival of the calendar year. Uttarayan was the best!!

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See my “Celebrating Uttarayan” slideshow. People of all ages throng the city’s rooftops for two straight days flying kites and engaging in kite fights. Every year on 14th Uttarahan entire families gather together on the terraces, roofs or any other part of their house exposed to the sky. The skies over Ahmedabad were surprisingly blue for someone travelling to Ahmedabad from from Mumbai. Sky filled with kites in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India by sandeepachetan. Featured on today’s blog post over at Random Specific.

Clicked on Kite festival day.

Kite flying festival, Makar Sankranti, Uttarayan | Flickr

Pongal falls in the mid-January every year and marks the auspicious beginning of Uttarayan – sun’s journey northwards. Best viewed against a black background. India is a diverse country with diversity uttarayxn culture and language to name a few. Anyway, as I said, the curse is irremovable and I don’t have the special powers.


City on the roof, Ahmedabad, India by sandeepachetan.

The last kites of Uttarayan

A loaded and empty kite kttarayan spool firki in the backstreets of the Old City. As the adults uttarayxn their daily chores, the children seek out fallen kites so they can continue the celebration. In my home state of Gujarat, this festival is called “Uttarayana”.

Firki by Meena Kadri. The elderly Muslim caretaker of the tomb adjacent to a medieval-era mosque in Ahmedabad took a kindly view of youngsters running wild in the compound with their kites on Uttarayan even as he tried to shoo them away.

Kite flying festival, Makar Sankranti, Uttarayan 2013

We started building and launching our own fire lanterns since These are some of my photos following the film crew around Ahmedabad as they work hard at making “Entangled” – 203 documentary that aims to showcase the varied perspectives on this rich cultural tradition, while taking an eye-opening look at this highly competitive activity that is a far cry from what the rest uttaarayan the world regards as the serene hobby of kite flying.

Pongal, Lotus flowers collecting Street kids play of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India by sandeepachetan. Pongal is one of the most popular harvest festival of South India, mainly Tamil Nadu.


Colourful Indian Fighter kites at the kite bazaar in Raipur, Ahmedabad. One of them is here Kite flying is also an important part of the celebration in some states. During the day, the sky of Ahmedabad is filled with kites that are so numerous that it creates a serious hazard for birds. Flying kites on the roof of Ahmedabad’s Jama Masjid. Kite flying for Makar Sankranti is a family event. It is celebrated slightly differently in different states but by far and large has the same meaning and significance.

The Raipur Kite Bazaar A process involving lugdi – a mixture of colour, paste, ground glass, lumped together and applied to the string by hand. Now, the bazaars are flooded with Chinese made sky lanterns. Please don’t paste flashy images and other medallions in the comment section.

But as the night falls, the kites in the sky give way to uttxrayan lanterns. It is a magical feeling, seeing the entire city engaged in the same sport, the sky covered in tiny colourful specs of kites. Kite Scavenger by Arpan Desai. Sunset by Arpan Desai.