Ended up seeing how a kite is made.
Kite making in India was introduced in India during the reign of Mughal emperor Shah Alam. The tribe of kite makers is known as Patangbaaz. At the initial stage the kite was made in the form of Prism and was styled as Tinkoni Qandeel (prismatic candle). Tinkoni is the outer cover and inside this qandeel (Candle) a ball of rags soaked in oil was hung, with the help of a thin wire. When the ball of rags is lit, the hot air fills the qandeel and the tinkoni starts rising in the air giving a splendid view to spectators. It was basically a ‘Night sport’. For the purpose of day light flying it was modified into quadrangular in shape with better in mobility and control to the kite flyers.
The design underwent further improvement and it acquired the appearance present day patang (kite). Apart from the sporty side, it is also played the role of messengers, conveying letters to distance corners of the city. The role has been described at length in florid Urdu in Masnavi-e-Zahi-e-Ishq by Nawab Mirza Shauq, one of the poets of the court of Nawab Wazid Ali shah. These kites were also a part of the Indian freedom movement, where the freedom fighters made king-size patangs in shimmering colors on which slogans for freedom were written. It is also said that people dwelled in the kingdom used to tie the strings of a flying tikkal (the old version, much bigger than a patang) to the leg of their children’s bed. The kite string created a vibration in the bed’s structure lulling the children.
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