The winter sky in Ahmedabad is incomplete without colourful kites soaring high. The love for kites and Uttrayan is seen across enthusiasts of all age groups. With the splendid show at Vibrant Kite Festival each year, we get to witness kites in all different shapes, designs, colours and sizes. But little do we know about a unique museum that is dedicated solely to the love of kites. We are talking about the Kite Museum at Sanskar Kendra at Paldi.
The Kite Museum was established on February 26th 1984 and is founded and designed by Bhanu Shah. The museum houses not only his personal collection of kites but also showcases interesting illustrations and photographs as well. Bhanu Shah collected information and pieces from various sources and prepared the panels for this museum. He spent most of life being passionately in love with kites and the museum is a reflection of it. Today, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation manages this first of its kind museum.
This museum has so much to offer. There are wonderful examples of kites made from all sort of materials such as paper, nylon, cotton and bamboo. This brilliant assortment of around 125 kites includes creative kites with figures of Gandhiji and Nehru, collage of miniature kites, a kite made from 400 pieces of paper, hexagonal Japanese kites, kites that reflect artistic expressions, kites with miniature paintings and the list goes on. You will be surprised to know that some of the oldest kites at the museum are as old as 70 years. You can also read about the history of kites and kite flying in India, Korea, Malaysia, US and other regions of the world.
The admission to the museum is absolutely free and you can visit it any day from Tuesday to Sunday between 10 AM to 6 PM. We bet, one visit to this museum and kite flying will find a new meaning in your life!
Kite Museum Ahmedabad Address:
Sanskar Kendra, Opposite Tagor Hall, Paldi, Ahmedabad 380007