Painting No - 01

The eve of spring is celebrated with kite flying festival: Basant. Paper kites in bright colors, virtually thousands of them dot the clear blue sky over the city. The young, children and the the old all climb to the highest of the rooftops to fly kites and scream victoriously over each bout in the backdrop of drums and bugles while Gajraila and Kashmiri tea is served.
In the olden days there used to be many famous kite makers including the Kaka Brothers and Billa Pehlivan inside Bhaati gate and Nawab Din inside Qilla Gujar Singh; their descendants still follow the family profession who would make kites round the year to be sold on the eve of Basant. Special attention is paid to give a balance and flexibility to each type of kites by shaping the supporting bamboo sticks with knife. The color combination of the kites are instinctive and based on folk art.
The Haveli top shown in the painting is located inside Mori gate. The upper rooms served as Barsaati or rooms used as sleeping chambers during monsoons while the cool breeze filtered through the large perforated terra cotta slabs.

The Haveli belongs to early 1800’s as is evident from the style and material; but, it has undergone changes during the subsequent periods.


Painting No: 04

Title: Basant I

Medium: Water Colour

Size: (27" x 39")

Collection: Ms. Shelha Saigol

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