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Famous Amritsar kite maker ready for I-Day

india Updated: Aug 14, 2011 15:57 IST

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A famous kite maker from Amritsar, who features in record books for his vast collection, has prepared kites as small as ones that can pass through a needle's eye to those as big as ten feet in length, ahead of Independence Day on Monday.

"I have been making kites for the past over a month to fly them on the occasion of Independence Day. On several kites I have written small messages that we should always remember the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters," the 46-year-old gifted kite maker, Jagmohan Kanojia, said.

Pictures of India's leaders and freedom fighters will soar high in the skies with Kanojia making many paper marvels featuring them.

Some of the kites which he has made for the occasion have the country's national flag and depict images of the nation's top leaders and freedom fighters including Mahatma Gandhi, President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former President Rajendra Prasad, first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, Bhagat Singh, Subhash Chandra Bose, Rani Laxmibhai, Balgangadhar Tilak and Chandershekhar Azad among others.

"The smallest kites I have made are of two inches and three inches and even smaller ones in size. The longest kites for occasion are over 10 feet long," Kanojia told PTI.

He said he wants the younger generation to take interest in kite flying, which, he rues, lacks among the youngsters these days, especially among the urban youths.

For Kanojia, who has earned a name in the kite-making profession especially by making miniature kites, it all started as a hobby in early 1990s after watching a kite-flying competition on TV.

The man has already entered record books and recently earned another record of being the only person in the country to have made 10,000 different designs of kites.

"Earlier, I had entered the Limca Book of Records. Now, I am trying to have my name in the Guiness Book of Records," he said.

Kanojia, who is not less than a legend in his hometown, misses no opportunity to display his special talent.

He claims to be the only person who can make a kite that can pass through a small bottle.

"The biggest kite which I have made was 140 feet long. I have also used a single string to hold together 500 kites which were flown," he claimed.