Sports News | Book Features Games Hinterland of India grew playing

New Delhi, May 12 (PTI) A new book talks about 15 traditional or indigenous games that India’s hinterland grew up in but have now somewhat disappeared from the urban landscape.

“The Games India Plays: Indian Sports Simplified” by Amitabh Satyam and Sangeeta Goswami offers traditional Indian games that are entertaining, intellectually challenging, educational and can be played almost anywhere with minimal equipment.

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The 15 such games mentioned in the book, published by Bloomsbury India, are Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Gilli Danda, Lagori, Nondi, Nalugu Rallu Atta, Yubi Lakpi, Nadee Parvat, Cheel Jhapatta, Jod Saakli, Vish Amrut, Langdi , Gella Chutt, Atya-Patya and Pasha Kuthirai.

The authors say that these games were selected after extensive research.

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Some of the features of these games are – a detailed set of rules for each stage of the game; many variants that allow possibilities to expand as you play, inviting players to innovate; fun to play with a large number of possible outcomes, maximizing the involvement of every player at all times during the game.

The book also states that these games can be played with minimal or no equipment and without any planning. They made rules; some can be customized or made more flexible depending on the terrain, the number of players and the equipment available.

The authors also seek to link these games to our ancient culture and claim that preserving these indigenous games is akin to preserving our culture.

Satyam and Goswami, however, lament that these games have been almost eliminated from the active consideration of the Indians.

“Wealthy urban Indians are just following the West. Sports means those practiced in the West at the Olympics. The urban Indian poor aspire to do what the urban rich do. Likewise, small town dwellers look up to urban Indians. The villagers are out of the way. Over time, a feeling has developed that their life, their culture and their life are not up to par, and that the townspeople are the people to go to,” they argue. .

The authors also fight for schools creating space for Indian games in their premises.

“Expensive schools invest in the development of Western sports facilities. They should consider creating a space for Indian games or sharing the space with a tennis or basketball court. A tennis court is only suitable for two players, while the same space can be used by dozens of players playing Indian games,” they write.

“Our games are fun and interesting and can be played easily. They cost little or nothing to play, especially the games we have selected. no investment. The investment required in hundreds of thousands of rupees to build thousands of tennis courts, cricket stadiums and swimming pools is unnecessary,” they say.

According to them, Indian games give, say, a hundred times better return on investment.

“Investment in Western games helps to win medals in international competitions, such as the Olympics. However, if we want to build character, develop team spirit and provide physical exercise, then Indian games are as good or better than western games.” they argue.

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