Monday, 5 February 2018

Little Jhanvi & Mathangi tied their freedom in Art and Fly at KiteKraft® in Dubai Kite Fiesta 2018

Little Jhanvi, a third grade student in a school in Dubai came along with her parents Jayakrishnan and Reshmi to witness the appreciable and spectacular kite show that was hosted on the background of Dubai Outlet Mall on to the Dubai Al- Ain Rd. It was the second time for Jhanvi attending the event. Earlier it was Jumeria an year two back. 
Mathangi, in her 7 years of age some thing compounded for her child hood kiting was something a new but could never looked odd! She was accompanied by mother. Soon she become close to kite, yet not on a conventional model seen on the pictures. She was restless couldnt wait for the kite work shop to begin.  A power sled was made for them! DIY. While Jhanvi got a lite yellow in color kite where as Mathangi liked white with red vent. They couldn't resist to defy the wind!!! It become irresistible ofcourse that's the inner sense of every kite enthusiasts. All you do to ask them !!! Hahaha. Energy that gets by virtue of flying in the clear blue Skyline will give not only enjoying self but also raise an enormous potential to imagination and see if a kid that fly had all the adorations and appearing to be aspirational, their thought process, color, sense, concentration, eye sharpen retina getting strong! You end up never wasting on a reading spectacle!!! Belived to be appeared. 
Now on this kite which they are made is 4 times foldable to the extend of a tissue napkins and keep in your pockets. Is it one you ever looked for; am like little sceptical indeed. You will enjoy it whenever you wanted it reuse it. No short falls. If you find a wind near by that you think is safe, possibly on a good vast ground and open with out electric posts or high rise building then you are game. Safety comes as like any first. It's restricts your enjoyment. Surely you will do it. Doesn't require to fly very high since you wanted to see it how is it flying and when you fly it you will see the design what you made upon it. Yeah. That's what. The beginning of imagination what else you could think in. Your skill starts here to make now and more good kites. It's good stress buster as well and possible way to make friendships. 

More in next time. 

Wish you all good flight!

Friday, 2 February 2018

Dubai International Kite Fiesta Feb 2, 2018

This is perhaps I am in 5th time in Dubai for the kite festival. Thanks to my friend Tam n Zona. The festival was conducted on the background of Dubai OutLet  Mall on the Dubai Al- Ain Rd. The desert began active with our kites in the skyline hosting train kites followed by Theyyam on the series and the ring. Soon after it takes that the kites brought in by conventional kite fighters which are very avidly seen in the kite festivals here took over the space whose interest only lured in kite cutting of the opponent. Says "page ledana"!!!! Skyline filled in no time with the peculiar designed kites by friends from Pakistan scrolled aloft in the clear blue skyline and eventually when the kites we were flying got cut down knowingly or unknowingly​ that was the time we remembered in India in some field we had the same experience even ended up loosing kites. We lost a kite here as well. We can't help it as the kind of feel one had towards kite fighting sense it never goes down. Ironically, the big kites as well cut down. No heart feelings yet. It's a strategic short fall!!! If the demarcation done with few finest attempt the cutting syndrome could have avoided! Yes. The ground is for every one. No seperate thinking! We are one one sky one world.

Kite Life Foundation also conducted Kite making workshop for kids. The power sled was made.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Kiting is an Universal Fascination

Kiting is an universal fascination and so the making. Its an old tradition in countries since over centuries.  India is one of the largest kite flying nation compared to many countries. Over the years kite dynamics have changed a lot and resort new thoughts unleashing new ideas and its intensity towards as a leisure game and sports. This dimension paved a way for many kiters becoming professional in concept, imagination, art besides making it inculcating the cultural asthetics that paused a new look in the overall development of kite making and increase its possibilty to visually spectacular when concurring the blue sky. kites doesnt have any shapes or theme today it has grown from a mere 'K' for Kite yet to a larger than life size or say unimaginable stable structures that float aloft in the sky.  Also to the fact that flying very high is also gradually declining since the creative aspects and its visual feast takes a front seat when it comes to show kite festivals. This is indeed a good move and we kiters believe in its way that are required to amaze people in that order only to promote such kite festivals. 

Historically, it is a fact that the chinese invented kite kite. But then mere leisure structure grown up even utilise as a device to grab signals whilst during world wars. This has given a new dimension to kites and many started using it. The paragliding which born on this background generated lot of scope towards aerial viewing noted to be an innovation that become widely used in even as a leisure game and competetions.

While constructing an aerodynamically functional object such as a kite is difficult because it requires an in-depth understanding of aerodynamic forces. Learners has to gain an intuitive understanding of the lift forces, drag forces, torque and string tension forces involved in a feasible kite design.

The kite as a model of inspiration to many never restricted. Nothing contrary to the fact undetered that we know Wright Brothers who were inspired the same kite shape and its dynamics that geared them to make a first flight aircraft that went aloft is a validating history. 

Kites are used today for many scientific purpose. It serves to generate renewable energy and widely used to understand climate conditions and forecast. 

Kite festivals are becoming an another attraction in the world over today and lure people from far and wide. There are more than 150 biggest kite festivals which are organised spanning 80 countries. This include India that boasts more than 15 kite festival in International and National scale.  
Gujarat, the paradise of many kiters and passion clubs flock from different regions when the state capital Ahmedabad turn its wings spread to cover hundreds of kiters across the world in the month of January starting first week end to 2nd begining week spanning main cities connected to Ahmdabad and culminate the finale with gandeur. No kiters in India would effort to miss this event. Its 29th year  now. The number of kiters have grown now and many capitilize with these kiters to attract crowd to their festivals. Gujarat  boasts the maximum kiters in India unlike less no of teams in Kerala, Karnataka, Kolkata, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu etc. Clubs are growing now and so the kiters. But there a very few in resorting to make kites of their own. Creative kite making is a different aspect and all together its a seperate ball game. they source materials and work really hard to make what they have imagined as a concept, leading to visualising then atlast accomplish in their master creation in the form of figurines or unimaginable shapes that amaze the wonders and enthusiasm amongst the spectators. Making kites are really expensive because of the fabric, spar and thread. More than this time consumption. To avoid this many buy kites from outside like China, the prominent market and kite capital of the world while they travel and partake in festivals. The kiters who make kites are growing with some distinction. They generate new ideas and engage in making kites of their own. Its a higly time consuming job at work. Needs concentration and ability to design and creatively done. There are big and small structures in this art works. After making they rolled up in a bag then carry to show it in the festivals they have been invited. Kites which they make are durable and long standing life provided it is kept safe and secure if not flying. 

Kites are made in different shapes and colours. Its sewn in and the rip-stop fabric which are known for its durability and lighter weight. The bamboo sticks which used as structure treated in traditional way to ensure no damage and longstanding. They handle with care and after checks it will be inserted in the pockets made in firmed velcrow on the rear side of the kite face. Soon after this get finished with a bridle to point out by the overall centre force of the kite face to where force it get lifted and ably aloft. If this is done in the beach, you are doing a possible support to ensure a good and a stable bridling. Bridiling is one of the main subject in the chapter in which you cannot ignore. If the bridle is not tied from the point of pressure then the kite possibly fly unstable. There are occasions where the place of flying subject to get change towards flying if there are issues in the venue like trees, buiding obstacles that restricts the wind flow then you should have set of point of tow to bear equal weight and control pressure so that fly in stable barring turbulant wind if any.  

Other than the creative kite making and flying in the festival we have double line ( quad line )
kites that are used as a sport kites. These type of kites have become equally important in the festivals. To handle this kite one has to go thru a learning process by an expert guidance. This entails power in the motion.It works even in traction that pull the kiter. There are power traction kites as well. These are available to manuveur in Two lines / Four line kites are becoming increasingly attractive as it draws lot of enthusiasm among the onlookers and audience amazing that how does they fly. Festivals would set in programmes that include the group of kiter experts perform the kite-aerobik/ Stunt Kite show of kites. Its an awsum event in the festivals one would see! The another attraction in this segment is Revolution Kites which became the leading amongst the best saught though market in India is yet to wake up. The kites of these sort are sports in nature. Special training is required to master in this kite sports. There are very few now in this sports. In coming years there will be more kiters with this sports as the increasing prominence and stastics shows in this direction. 

Another development is LED based kites which are flown in the night. Generally, these kites arrive in Delta shape, one of the easliest flying dimension. However, the LED which are fixed in the kite sail  runs in lights forming interesting display like bird, men in cycle, butterfly etc. These kites are also gaining importance in the festivals as to make evenings worth.

Kite workshops are also much saught after activity in the kite festivals. Kids and adults alike flock in to attend the festivals when it is heard that workshop is also being conducted. I have my personal experience that accomdate more than 1200 participants attending at one go! This is a wonderful experience for a kite-maker. Its an enjoying moment as it offer the education and entertainment. More than its a sort of social commitment towards society having a tryst to incorporate a sporting event. Few years back kiting was not given these much importance. But since programmes that has given importance thru resorting festivals conduted in various regions it augmented a feel of coming back. Hence the dimension changed. And we are seeing the difference today. 

Friday, 26 January 2018

Bubbles and Bubblology, an extremely wonderful time pass yet creative in the kite field

It was my dear friend Fred and Donna Taylor's instant in the field I was attracted to the bubble technology. It's air born Inflatable created out of a distinct solution Fred brings in from all the way Canada. He makes it from fresh water as he says some time he uses drinking water that are supplied in bottles to be able to draw such good waving bundles of bubbles.  Yes indeed when you do it you realise that bubbles are for long stay. Bubbles break so fast if any dry object meet them. Wind velocity also required to Sustain them. The crowd was so amazed to catch each bubbles but then it breaks when they catch. It's science. Any dry object meet the bubbles it breaks. If a wet hand then it retains. Appear to be very musical it seems and fun it generates gathered around by people in the field who are mostly the spectators turning to be joyful with their kids and tiny tots to catch each bubbles. Sooner bubbles become the activity area amongst the public.  Fred and me occasionally performed it in almost every day from Goa to Huballi to Belagavi. Goa was exceedingly wonderful being the beach nearby and I think the moist matters a lot. Eventually it was enjoyed by not only public by also kiter's taking wonderful pictures that was shared to us. Thanks Sabrina, Thanks Jo n Trent Thanks Gutte.

Thanks Fred for giving me an opportunity to exhibit my learning experience! Bro am going to continue it. And decided to incorporate it with my KiteKraft®, kite making workshops as a bonus to participants for sheer entertainment.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Kites those flown at 4 international Kite festival during Jan 2018

I embarked into the train from Aluva, Kochi, my home town with keen set of visuals in mind that flying my newly made kites in the skies of Ahmdebad to begin with then spread wings to Goa, Huballi and eventually to sign off from Belagavi.

I am so enthralled as usual meeting old friends and adding it up with few new friends for sure.

Pen me here, that sincerely tell you kiting! yes a passion but apparently anyone who comes to attend has their inquisitive thinking bounded to what am thinking.  Kiter known kiter's mind. Kites that are brought to the field with different forms and designs by kiters from various nations are essentially the ones everyone look up on.  Domestic kiters when it's come to India field of kite flying is as well equally connected. Years back this was the scene.  Over the years there was a great transformation. And foreign hands cannot get ignored or separate from supporting their field brothers. Today India too boasted having some  finest kiters. India kiters have grown from nascent to moving. It entails certain art aesthetically. Which is well appreciated. Kiters number also increasing especially the city like Ahmdebad, Kerala, Karnataka in the new likes. Still there are some lacking that we might find to be in question mark.  Kiter's have grown but interestingly very few kiters are the ones who makes creative and maximum kiter's are in the view of buying. They fail to show up their skill and talent in making and exhibit.

Southern kiters from India, which include Kerala ( only Kochi) and Belagavi followed by Dodbalapur are the ones who do not stop any chance in making kites of their choice. Few are symetrical in shapes with bright colors and few go with Traditional way, yet in big shapes. Heritage Promotion thru kites are the lead word that spreads by KiteLife Foundation.

Theyyam Inflatable having 35ft long is the new kite of the season. Having tested in the Kochi beach it flown in Calicut for recently held She Fest, organised by Sargalayalaya with technical collaboration by KiteLife Foundation. Inflatable, an effort that we have ventured in had good flight individually but in the event of low wind they're tied up with a pilot that flown as lead. However, the kite is seemed fine with the super support system.
In the field unlike in the past, many new faces are seen. KiteLife Foundation themselves have recommended few good names this time and the countries such were Brazil, Nepal, Denmark, Columbia etc. We are very happy by these invitations. Happiness brighten up in the field. On the back ground of DJ Ravi( if am right) who hosted console have in us good dancing on a foot tapping music! Often we ended up twisting in the ground with others like Kuwait kite team, Columbia, Italy, Curacao, who joined us one by one. Curacao was exceptionally different having his legs tapped into the music 8 hours. One Must greet Uncle George's stamina he has one must note he hardly swets. Malayalam hit Jimmy Kammal was too chosen for the dance numbers. Tune to time. And kiting.

The KiteKraft ® which was part of the IKF Ahmedabad, this year has seen overwhelmed support from the Enthusiasts coming from all corners of the city. Special thanks to Shri Kirthi Bhai Thakkar whose support, the workshop was held in the festival activity area. Around 70 participants attended the workshop. The kits supplied by KLF as usual. 

Monday, 18 December 2017

She Fest, an unique kite making and kite flying fest at Calicut beach on 16 Dec 2017

Recently we had been invited to be as a partner on an unique event where different college girl students has been roped in to the tune of 50 in nos to organise an activity in Calicut. Sargalaya, the Arts and Craft Village based at Irangal, Badagara, a suburban town near Calicut Dist as a part of their international art & craft festival scheduled to be commenced from 21-Dec to 8- Jan 2018 as promotional event.

Event towards this was begining with Kitekraft® where fabric kites teaching and learning as DIY model held turn out to be in different shapes and colors organised at Nalanda Auditorium in the first half day of activity. Afternoon session was followed by kite flying by the students and invited professional kiters from KiteLife Foundation. Lot of people gathered around in the beach as the large kites went up aloft besids kites of different shapes that enthralled the audience and program was a roaring success testified and acknowledged by Saragalaya officials.

Some media scoring as kites was flown in the beach and workshop.