Understand the Kite Flying Jargon Used in Hyderabad


Planning to visit your Hyderabadi friends for this Sankranthi to fly kites? Then you need to be familiar with some kite flying jargon (technical terms) in order to communicate well with your friends. Otherwise, you will not be able to connect with them and may not enjoy the occasion with enthusiasm.

We have listed some popular jargon used by Hyderabadis. It will help you not only in communicating with others but also while purchasing kites and other related items.

Jargon helpful while shopping
Without knowing these terms, you will feel uncomfortable while purchasing kites. Even if you are an amateur, if you know this jargon, you will feel confident and makes you look like an expert. Otherwise the shopkeeper will fool you.

  1. Saadi: A plain thread (generally white in colour) used to fly the kites. Some people also call it Reel. Made of cotton, it will be stronger than normal sewing thread.

    How to use jargon: We have a Saadi. We should avoid pench (kite fight).

  1. Charak: It is a round object (spindle) which is usually made of wood or plastic to roll the thread around it.

    How to use jargon: Please roll the thread to the Charak, I am pulling down the kite.

  1. Manja: A specialized thread meant to cut opponent’s kite. A special paste (prepared using finely powdered glass and some other materials) is applied to the thread to make it enough strong to cut the other party’s thread.

    How to use jargon: Our Manja is good. I expect it to cut other party’s kites easily.

  1. Doredaar: A kite with thin thread on all four sides. The thread is attached to reduce the chances of tearing of the kite.

    How to use jargon: Brother, give a Doredaar kite.

  1. Kanne dalna: It is a technique of tying thread to the kite to make it fit to fly. Knots are usually tied at the point of intersection of horizontal and vertical sticks and the other end of the thread to the vertical stick at the middle of the kite.

    How to use jargon: Brother! Put Kanna quickly, we have to fly the kite.


Jargon used while flying kites
These terms are useful when you are engaged in flying kites with your friends.

  1. Dheel: It is the process of releasing thread to make the kite go up in the sky.

    How to use jargon:Dheel de patang pilayenge. (Give Dheel, we will take the kite higher).

  1. Keench: It is the process of pulling the thread faster so that the kite comes down.

    How to use jargon: Keench patang niche layenge (Keench the thread and pull the kite down.

  1. Pench dalna: The process of engaging the kite with other party’s kite with an intention of cutting the other party’s kite using manja (kite duel or kite fight).

    How to use jargon: Brother! Let’s go for a Pench (kite fighting).

  1. Tinkul marna: The technique of shuffling the thread of the kite to make kite stable and go upwards in the sky.

    How to use jargon:Tinkul maaro, nahi tho patang uthar jayega (Do the Tinkul otherwise the kite will come down).

  1. Kaateh: This we say (rather shout, when we cut other party’s kite). You can listen to this from various rooftops during Sankranthi time.

    How to use jargon: “Kaateh!” – their kite is gone.


  1. Khann Khana: They say a kite is doing Khann when it tends to move to one side either right side or left side, which is difficult to control. We can see even our bikes or cars doing Khann, they sometimes move either to right or left if you leave the handle or steering.

    How to use jargon: Patang Khann khara, isiliye ek hi taraf mudra (The kite is doing Khann, that’s why it is moving to one side).

  1. Rok: The technique of pulling the kite to the left, right or down to make the kite come closer to the other party’s kite to engage in kite fight.

    How to use jargon: Rok maaro, us patang se pench ladenge (Rok the kite, we will fight with that kite).

Terms used by expert kite fighters
You will hear this jargon particularly from kite flying experts.

  1. Barthi mein keench: It is a technique of flying the kite in such way that the kite which is above other party’s kite comes too low (almost touch the buildings), and immediately raises up cutting other party’s kite. Only kite flying experts can do this.

    How to use jargon: Dekh, woh Barthi mein laga ke keenchra (See, he is putting the kite in Barthi and pulling).

  1. Dasti marna: The technique of rolling the thread to the Charka by holding the charka between two hands and revolving it fast. It is usually done to make sure that we don’t lose our thread to other intruders when our kite is cut in the pench.

    How to use jargon: Bhai, Dasti maaro manja maar lete (Brother, do Dasti, otherwise someone will grab our thread or manja).

  1. Lapetna: This is the technique of entangling a cut kite with our kite, so that we can grab the cut kite.

    How to use jargon: Woh kati patang ko apne patang se Lapeto (Lapet that cut kite with our kite).

  1. Attambaaz: It is a technique of pulling the thread so quickly in a pench with the intension of pulling the other party’s kite along with ours. Usually it is done when there is a pench at lower heights.

    How to use jargon:Attambaaz maaro uska patang bahut nazdeek hai (Do Attambaaz the other party’s kite is very close to us).

  1. Landor: Landor is a thread with a small stone tied to one end. It is used to pull the kites that are entangled to trees or some obstructions.

    How to use jargon: Patang ped par atak gaya Landor se nikaalo (The kite is entangled to the tree, pull it using a Landor).

  1. Ukad jaana: This is the situation where we lose the kite – it suddenly slips away from hands). The thread cuts due to loose knots, or sometimes accidentally when thread is broken down.

    How to use jargon: Arey patang haath se Ukad gaya (Oh! We lost the kite from hand, from the knot)

The above terms (jargon) are used by the Hyderabadi people, when they engage in kite flying. Knowing these terms will help you understand what’s happening on rooftops and you can experience the joy of kite fighting.

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