When talking about Gujarat, three things that instantly comes in our mind is Dhokla, Garba, and Patang/kites. Talking about kites in Gujarat, celebrating Uttarayan there is just magical. Kites of all designs fill the sky with a burst of colours. If you have ever been to Gujarat on Uttarayan, you’ll feel the euphoria of the festival. And to justify the same craze, Ahmedabad houses the Patang Kite Museum, India’s first and the world’s second kite museum.
Archives of the Patang Kite Museum:
Designed in 1954, and established in the year 1984, the museum is 66 years old. It is situated in the premises of Sanskar Kendra, a city of art and culture. The museum was designed by the renowned Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, but Bhanubhai Shah was the one who created these abode of kites. Patang Kite Museum is considered one of the most unique museums in the world. One can find all kinds of kites here, from carved kites, mirror work kites to block print kites, and even Japanese kites.
Collection of Kites:
The museum is home to a variety of kites. One can easily locate more than 125 kites of all varieties. Kites featuring a portrait of Radha-Krishna, Garba dance leaves the viewers in awe. They also have a collection of kites featuring well-known personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Lal Nehru, and more.
Apart from this, the museum lets its visitors know more about the history of kite-making, and has some stunning illustrations made from cotton, paper, nylon, and bamboo. The roots of kites displayed here goes back to 200 BC. It was in 1902 when the museum depicted how kite flying eventually led to the Wright brothers developing the plane and then the rise of modern kites.
Currently, the 16-feet kite is the talk of the town. Know more about the history of kites, its tradition, and culture, only at the Patang Kite Museum, in Ahemdabad.
When to Visit: 10 am to 12 pm or 4 pm to 6 pm