Sanskar Kendra And Kite Museum
Sanskar Kendra/Kite Museum
Sanskar Kendra is a museum at Ahmedabad, India, designed by the architect Le Corbusier. It is a city museum depicting history, art, culture and architecture of Ahmedabad. Another Patang Kite Museum is there which includes a collection of kites, photographs, and other artifacts. The campus is located at the west end of Sardar Bridge near Paldi. Ahmedabad is famous for Kite Festival in India. Bhanu Shah, a Kite-lover of Ahmedabad gifted his own kites collection to Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and the corporation provided space in the cellar of Sanskar Kendra for Kite Museum on permanent basis. This is the first museum of its kind in India and second in the world.
Main Attraction of Kite Museum / Sanskar Kendra
Museum have various sections related to history of city, art, photography, Mahatma Gandhi, Indian independence struggle, various religious communities of Ahmedabad. It houses the tallest incense stick of the world of 4.5 m. The building includes a Kite Museum, which includes a collection of kites, photographs, and other artifacts. The major highlight of the museum is a kite that has been crafted using 400 pieces of paper.
History - Sanskar Kendra
Sanskar Kendra or Kite Museum was designed in the Modernist style by the French architect Le Corbusier. It was named Museum of Knowledge during designing. It was originally a part of a large complex of Cultural Centre of Ahmedabad which had separate pavilions and areas for different subjects like anthropology, natural history, archaeology, monumental sculptures, workshops and depots, folklores in open air. It also included a pavilion for theatre called miracle box. But out of whole planned cultural centre, only museum was built. Its foundation stone was laid on 9 April 1954.
History - Kite Museum
Kite Museum situated at a Sanskar Kendra in Paldi area of Ahmedabad, the Kite Museum is a brainchild of one Mr Bhanu Shah who donated his own collection of rare kites to Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and corporation arranged for a permanent place for the Kite Museum in the cellar of Sanskar Kendra. Established in 1985, with some of the rare collections of kites, which Mr Shah had collected over a period of fifty years, the Kite Museum, today boasts of huge kites that measure around 22 by 16feet, along with kites that depict garba dance sequences, kites with mirror work and even block prints. Interestingly the museum also houses some miniature paintings of Radha-Krishna. Come and marvel at the kites that have been crafted using various different materials like polythene, nylon, cotton, and paper. You will also find Rokoku – the hexagonal Japanese kites – on display in the museum. The museum is a must-visit for kite aficionados and for kite history enthusiasts. Enjoy catching a glimpse of some of the rare kites collected from all over the world.
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit the Kite Museum is between the months of October and March. If possible do plan your visit in the month of January so that it coincides with the popular Kite Festival which is celebrated with much fervour in entire Gujarat on January 14.
Timing and Fees
The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. No Entry Fee.