Additional 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.
Source: A kite-maker's tale