Kite flying in Pakistan

Kite FlyinG/BaSAnt festival/kite business: پتنگ بازی / بسنت کا تہوار / پتنگ بازی کا کاروبار

Basant is an annual festival of Kite Flying in Lahore, Pakistan. It marks the begining of spring season, usually it starts in mid Feb. When did it exactly start? No one can say it with authority, its been here for centuries, for last few years – its exuberance has lowered downed a bit due to killings by the thread used to fly kites (Dorr). Sky of the city is full of all types of kites of different sizes, shapes & colors.Like EID and circket "Basant /kite flying is also a event and game."Basant is not a indian culture.kite flying is worldwide sport.

Industry or business point of view:

kite flying is not only a art and game but also a big industry.20 lakh people families belong to kite thread is very old business which gain good profit.the children,young,mid age,old,boys and girls men and women made and sell kite in their homes and play a vitural role economic development of our country.but now it ban specially in Lahore, Punjab.ban on their business so many people are unemployed and suffer from different diseases and tension.if a person die with dorr on the other hand a person also die with hunger and non giving the many people are died.
Art of Kite Flying

Flying Kite is an art – it required a lots of mastery, previously kites used to be flown in open parks, grounds, old rooftops and different parties kinda played a battle by intersecting the thread with other party’s thread. As time passed by people started to fly kites on their roof-top, then it started to be celebrated on nights with lighting, dance parties, barbecue, drum beating and lots of other stuff added flavor into it.
I say do remove the ban. Kite flying has nothing to do with religion and it is a sport and has risks like many other sports such as hunting and polo. Even in hockey you can get a serious injury to the head! People need entertainment and a release in this day and age. It was a festival that transformed Lahore for a few days every year and made a huge contribution to local tourism. It did disrupt traffic and some people spent irrational amounts of money on it but all in all it was a breath of fresh air in an often stifling environment.
Types of Kites"

There are different types of kites, and different terms are used to name them. Usually Kites are of shapes: patang,gudda,kup,pari,machar,tadipup,star kite,kite man,lumar,etc..

Patang is again categorised into different sub-categories namely, Patang & Kupp. Patang is … let me try to find a show you the image to describe it that how it looks alike as I find it very difficult to describe its shape…

so this is patang, the one in RED-BLUE & yellow – it has been bowed (cut during flying) – people are trying to get hold of it – the term used in Lahore is Lutna – to grab —– (in background you can see the historical shahi mosque of Lahore). The sticks which guys are holding in their hand is called Chaambhaa with bunch of bushes attached to it so that thread of the kite gets entangled in the bushes and doesn’t go away.

Kupp is slightly modified in shape and is a bit vertical and lower portion of the kite is little smaller than the one shown in picture.

Its worth mentioning, perhaps Patang flying is one of the most difficult in kite flying, to hold, manage & then to play battle with Patang is an art which requires a lots of practice, patience.

Patang is usually measured in size in terms of hands Giths, Do Githi (2 hands), Cho Githi, Panj Githi (5 hands) & Saarh are the most commonly used sizes of patang.


Gudda (Rectangular Kite) is another famous type of kite, it also comes in different sizes, variant shapes, colors. Different sizes of Guddas are pona, tawa, dairh tawa, 2 tawa, 2.5 tawa and higher. Based on different designs, it gets different names like Modhay maar, Patti Maar, Lucknow Cut (Nakhlow Kaat), Macharr, Dabbi Maar, Machi Maar, Ik Akhal, 2 Akhal etc..


Chamirna means to get hold of kite (which is cut) with another kite. Like, when 2 kites are having battle with each other, at the end usually one and at times both are cut and goes in air with some thread with them, then there are guys who fly usually a typically shaped kite with special thread Tandi or even having stainless steel wire at the start of the thread (near kite), some people attach half cut match sticks near steel wire or near the talaawan of the kite (what is talaawan – i’ll explain later). The kite usually used for this purpose is Lucknow Cut (Nakhlao Kaat) as it has more tendency to move around its centre of gravity :-) I am getting short of words in english that how to explain it – basically when the free thread of the kite is felt on thread of your kite, the Chamairu (person flying kite for the purpose of holding other free kites) make the kite to move in circular shape around the thread so that there are lots of knots, wrinkles of the both thread with each other – and when both gets entangled with each other, the guy starts to pull the thread carefully and gets both the kites – at times his own kite (the hunter) is at risk, if the thread is not properly entangled he might loose his own kite.


Talaawaa`n are very important in kite flying, you don’t tie the thread directly with the kite, rather you balance the kite with a thread by having a thread attached to the kite near top side and other end of the same thread is tied near lower side by make small/tiny holes, after tieing this thread, the kite is balance so that it doesn’t fall on one side, then where the balance is found, there we tie a knot and from that part we attach the actual thread..

Threads / Dorrs

There are different kinds of thread/dorrs available to fly kites, in my childhood, most famous brands were 12 number, 2 pandas, 5 pandas, 2 bears (do richh), 5 bears (5 richh).. later on as i kept on growing so did the brands of threads, now a days there are so many brands that one doesn’t know which one to buy – each one is meant for special purpose, depending on the size of kite, nature of flying, nature of the wind speed – you’ll find a variety of threads available.

Safety comes first - 1st Priority

Recently lots of killing happened due to weird use of heavy metalled threads – at the time of my childhood – people used to fly kites in great number – i personally think that the number of kites flown is now reduced but the killings have increased – the reasons which I understand for these incidents are

1. Too hard/thick threads

2. number of motorcycles & traffic has increased drastically – over last few years traffic growth in Lahore is in 3 digits.

So people have tried to find their own way of protecting themselves from the killer thread, here you figure it out.
(NOTE :people are also die with plaining only to stop kite flying/basant.Some terriost or killers involed in there. they plant the dorr thread on the road in midnight time to cut the neck .You r all heard in different times no kite flying,weather in rainy,foogy,too hot,no wind but people is died specailly child and boys.when any kite flying rise in court ,any hearing date come or this isuee rise in media then also the news come the person die or injured with dorr.This is only to kill this cultrue sport and business and show hard image to world)

Basant is not only confined to kite flying – there are lots of other activities which are attached and now part of basant. ""Safety instructions,rules or points to save kite flying/lives"': *Every motor bike person /driver must install safety rods or anntens in their bikes specially children and young should must compulsory for protection like helmet.
*Secondly the threads are fall only in main roads as well as bridges and only in bikes.So gov should install and put wires on the street lights poles between the roads on the top side of poles,to avoid any theses safety wires on roads there is no chance of thread dorr falling on roads(any kind of thread dorr).the wires in poles support the dorr thread.
*Tress r also gives us safety around and between the roads.
*The parents duty to take care their kids when they flying kites and sit in fuel tanky of bikes.
*Normal or less speed of bikes also reduces several accidents and dorr thread is low or none danger.(kite flying should be free from political ,accidents and terrorism).THERE IS NO LAHORE WITHOUT BaSaNt ..Requested to govt to safe our culture.