With the arrival of the digital age, the kite trade is disappearing – myRepublica
KATMANDU, October 9: Once the main form of entertainment during Dashain, kites are rarely seen in the skies over Kathmandu. The sky above Tudikhel, which was once full of kites during Dashain, is now empty.
As young Nepalese are attached to the internet, video games and smartphones, the current state of the kite trade does not look promising. People who love kites fear that the tradition of flying kites will slowly fade away in recent years. Although the children have kite rolls and kites in their hands; they just aren’t kite enthusiasts these days, which kites sellers are worried about.
“Until a few years ago, the sky was full of colorful kites. People used to fly kites after Indrajatra, but now children and young people like smartphones more, ”says Dipendra Chitrakar, a kite businessman from Asan. He said that despite the demand for kites for decorating hotels, restaurants and exhibition halls has been high in recent times; the company has been affected since the start of the pandemic.
According to Chitrakar, the Internet and cell phones are the main culprits in the disappearance of kite culture. During Dashain there would have been transactions worth millions of rupees a few years ago but now the kite business is threatening to slowly fade away.