The passion and enthusiasm for kite fighting, as against
kite flying, is what singles out India, from other kite flying nations. The
skies are open and any kite in sight is fair game!
Consisting of a light bamboo frame covered with smooth tissue
paper, kites in India are flown from rooftops and open grounds mostly as a
sport, but also at festivals, on national occasions, to mark seasonal changes,
and to invoke benign weather and rich harvest(s).
In India, flat fighter kites of a single or double colour
are most commonly used. They are highly maneuverable, stable and fly in the
direction they are pointing in. The fighter is basically a flat kite, but when
the wind puts pressure on the face, the bow flexes in a curve. This makes the
kite stable and allows it to fly easily.
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