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More Accolades for Noor Agha, the talented kite maker of Kabul

Noor-Agha.gifAdditional attention has been focused on Noor Agha, the talented kite maker of Kabul, who was selected to build kites for the upcoming movie version of The Kite Runner.

In addition to making kites for the movie, Agha was asked to train the two young actors, who play principal characters from  Khaled Hosseini's best seller, to fly kites for the movie.  The skilful flying and fighting of kites in the tradition of Afghanistan is a key part of the story line.

Raju Gopalakrishnan. a reporter for the Reuters News Agency, tracked Noor Agha down in his home on the outskirts of Kabul.  Noor Agha now lives on the only vacant land he could find: -the graveyard of the district he was born in.  He has made a home and location for his kite making business along with his two wives and ten children.

An article in Gulfnews.com based on  Raju Gopalakrishnan's reporting contains two excellent photographs of Noor Agha and his kites

An earlier entry in my blog on this topic outlines some additional information on Noor Agha and his role in providing kites for the movie The Kite Runner.



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I got captivated with the upcoming movie of the "Kite Runner" and also for Noor Agha. I am speaking on behalf of the Colombian Sport Kite Team - ATEMOC. http://www.atemoc.com I was curious if there is any organization who can support us to fly to Afghanistan and of course give our show to Noor Agha and all of the people of the area.

You can contact us through our page in spanish/english or french.

Thanks so much and Good Winds,
April 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterATEMOC
And I was wondering if anybody has ever imported any of Noor's kites, or any other Afghani kites.

I still have one or two wonderful simple Indonesian bamboo-and-paper fighters that I got years ago from Bruce Lambert of NFKA/NAFKA. I've been half-heartedly trying for a year or two to import some more, so far with no luck.
November 12, 2007 | Unregistered Commenternormofthenorth
This is why I love best-breezes.squarespace.com. Nicce post.
March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohanna
this gentle man make the best kite in afghanistan . i recently when to afghanistan for a holiday . When he make his kites it diffrent from the other cuz beacuse he has his trade mark in his Kite, which is in shape of a scorpio. Bajo meaning Scorpio..

I love this guys kites if any body wants i have a number of a Kite Dealer that also sell treads. he is located In afghanistan Shoor bazar the most famous place were afghan people go to buy kites
August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaihan khan

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