Amazing Retro Painting of 1980’s by Glanson Dsouza
Artist: Glanson Dsouza, Kasaragod, Kerala
Varun: Retro Kite (Part 1)
Hello readers of Hideshade.com
I am Varun from India, a die hard fan of Retro kite flying. Since my childhood it has been my passion. So I want to share my experience with you.
I have often seen the beginners in Retro kite flying try hard to fly the kite but cannot fly. Very well parents try to help children but it’s in vain. So, first understand you cannot fly just any kite or all kites.
So first as a beginner learn to choose the right kite for flying. In this article I will tell you. In first part of this article I will explain how to prepare a kite for flying and in the second part we will learn the the techniques related to it.
First we should know the types of kites and their sizes. The biggest Retro kite is called as “pauna” 3/4th, next “addha” 1/2, next comes “dhai” 2 x 1/2 and the last is “teen” 3. These smaller kites are used for short distance kite cutting.
I would advice beginners not to use them because these kites maneuver a lot. So it becomes difficult to control it. We generally use them in short distance for kite cutting, but if you want to enjoy it with your family then go for ‘addha’ or ‘pauna’ kite, the bigger ones as they are easy to control.
Now we will learn to choose the right retro kite for that you need to bend it and you will notice that is very hard to bend the bow is called “kamaan” and the straight is”thadda’ the right combination helps the kite to fly it stretches the paper well. Since its hard, beginner cannot manage it. We will leave this and we shall try another.
Now we will prepare it for flying for that we will have learn to tie “kanna”. Now I have seen people tying them vertically which is not correct instead we should tie them across. We will make small holes for this. Either you can rub it against rough surface or you can use a toothpick and prick it. By keeping support of your hand at the back side make the holes across same way at the bottom, but keep the distance. Lesser the distance higher the instability.
Being a beginner you need a stable retro kite, so keep appropriate distance. Now our kite is ready to tie the kanna. For kanna we must have ‘saddi’ not “manjha”. Take thread a bit more than your height almost 6 or 7 inches more. Double it a bit. Double it once more and tie a knot. We do it because when we fly the kite the friction breaks the thread so we fold the thread twice.
Now tie it across same way. We will tie at the bottom remember the lower kanna does not break. Finally our kite is ready upper side is across and down is sideways to tie the ‘kannas.’ Keep the lower thread bigger than the upper by half inch. Tie the knot and now check the kite. It should be very stable. Though its ready but still we need to do one more thing. You must have noticed that, when we start flying it bangs on the sides and gets torn. So we need to protect it. We will use cello tape mainly at three different points
Another thing if you notice that the thadda is straight now if it remains straight the kite will go up and suddenly comes down. So to avoid that we will bend it a bit and make sure to bend only upper portion.
Now finally your Retro kite is ready for flying. Choosing a bigger kite is beneficial as it will be more stable. If somebody comes to cut your kite it will be difficult as your kite weighs more.
I told you how to choose a kite and make it ready for flying so lets start with the same. We already made this kite ready with kanna. So lets fly the kite. We will rectify if any problem persists.
First of all we must understand the direction of the wind. We must remember that in India the maximum air flows from west to east only during rainy season it flows east to west. So try that time you can judge about its direction from any flag or even clouds flowing in a particular direction can help about its direction. The thread of your kite should remain back side not from front.
So let’s begin! Since you are new take someone’s help called durkai or kanni means to hold kite and fly in the air. Its very stable ideal for beginners though its very windy still kite is stable. Once your kite is up in the sky just pull it back a bit to ensure that its perfectly flying even after pulling back its flying perfect.
Let’s loosen the thread to allow it go further. Another thing is if you want your kite to move to and fro then remember to add on knots on the upper side, then it will move more in circular motion. The more knots you add on lower side the more it will fly stable. But we must have a right combination to fly it smooth and remains in control.
Secondly when we are flying it starts going one side either right or left always remember if its going towards right then bend the opposite side. hold it and bend. Be careful not to break it. If it’s going to the left then again bend opposite side. I hope that after reading this articles you will be able to fly kite easily.
I have tried my level best to address all the problems. Apart from this many of you may ask about how to cut a kite. Actually it’s a big field in itself. One needs to learn with time and experience, but still I will tell some tricks select your manjha carefully during summers. Buy smooth manjha during rainy season or winters. Then buy sharp manjha.
If you are a beginner and wants to cut a kite it will be a bit difficult but try to keep your kite on the upper side. If other kite is below you then it will be in advantage. Now pull straight or slowly loosen it.
Secondly if you are bit experienced and know how to pull then go towards the side of the person who is competing with you go towards his house side. I hope it will let you cut some kites.
Dear Readers now a days our children are mostly busy in tv and smart phones. This has restricted them in houses I would request to all to come up with your children and indulge in sports like kite flying or any other outdoor activity. It is a very good exercise in itself and a very good source of vitamin D.
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