International Kite Festival captured in new film
An Indian movie called Patang directed by Prashant Bhargava, which opens in the US this week, tells the story of a businessman from New Delhi who returns with his daughter to his childhood home, Ahmedabad, for its annual kite festival.
This real life event takes place every year on January 14th to mark the day in the Hindu calendar when winter turns to summer – known as Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan.
Taking place across the Ahmedabad – which hosts the International Kite Festival – and other towns in the state of Gujarat, the skies of western India are filled with thousands of kites from dawn until dusk during Uttarayan.
“It didn’t matter whether they were rich or poor, Muslim or Hindu, but when people saw kites flying in the sky, they would look up at the sun and forget their problems,” Patang’s director told the New York Times.
“It was a form of meditation which always stuck with me.”
Written by Erin Marshall
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