Bhai Mian is one of the famous personalities in India and abroad when it comes to Kite Flying. He has been instrumental in making Kite creation/flying a form of art and achieved various records during his young age. Let's have a quick Photo Journey with more information about Bhai Mian and his achievements...
Here is a photograph of Bhai Mian, who lives near Jama Masjid in Old Delhi. One of my friend is working on some project and I thought of accompanying her during one of the weekends.
Before meeting Bhai Mian, I had already heard a lot about him and his achievements. So I had some impressions in my mind which changed on meeting him. A very polite person, who was more than eager to share any details we wanted. We were supposed to meet for 30 minutes and then it lasted for 2 hrs approximately.
Bhai Mian has won various awards in different states of India and his efforts in kite-flying are also very well appreciated in various countries. He and his family has visited various countries for teaching kite making or kite flying. Many times, he has been invited in international festivals across the world.
He is Jamal, one of the sons of Bhai Mian. Bhai has got three sons and all of them are quite active in Kite Flying ting. Jamal is mainly involved in this thing and has represented India in various fairs.
Bhai Mian sharing some facts about Indian Kites. Vibha is sitting on right side and she has very well shared the experience at http://life-inspires.blogspot.com/2011/12/meet-street-bhai-mian-god-father-of.html
Bhai Mian also told us about importance of kite flying in Old Delhi and it's part of their daily life. While there with Bhai Mian for 2 hrs, we realized that this part of Delhi is very different from other places in New Delhi. They have still preserved many things form past in a better way...
After having a wonderful meeting with Bhai Mian and seeing an album with lots of photographs with various important people from India and abroad, we went up to the roof to have a look at Old Delhi. Roof was full of pigeons and none of them were closed. They were free to fly anytime anywhere. We also got to know about a very different trend of Kabootarbazi in Old Delhi and will share a separate PHOTO JOURNEY on the same.
When we looked at his albums, it was difficult to figure out the Indian Prime Minister who has not flown a kite with Bhai Mian. It was really difficult to imagine the level of energy which had gone in making those kites for various important days of India, big corporates like Tatas etc.
Mobility of Bhai Mian has reduced a lot of sugar problem. Recently Delhi Tourism organized Kite Festival at India Gate and Bhai Mian was also invited as main guests, but he couldn't go. Jamal was mainly involved in the festival and core member of organizing committee.
We were really amazed to hear some wonderful events of Kite flying. Bhai Mian told us about various international events and the type of kites flown there. Bhai Mian made various records in such events and he mentioned about a special one which was achieved in UAE, when he flew 1184 kites at same time. Isn't it hard to imagine that how these folks control so much kites in air?
When we said that Kite flying is dying slowly, Bhai Mian denied and showed his positivity with some interesting facts about Kite-flying in 2010. He also mentioned that Kite Flying is one of the main sport in Old Delhi and people enjoy it a lot...
Interestingly most of the expressions of Bhai Mian were related to kite flying actions :) ...
I am sure now you must also have noticed the same I just said :)
With this interesting meet, we moved out with lot of information about Kite Flying, Old Delhi and current trends in India & abroad.
For more details about this visit, check out http://life-inspires.blogspot.com/2011/12/meet-street-bhai-mian-god-father-of.html