games like Chess and Kabaddi have been played in India since time unknown.
Teach your kids to play the games that your forefathers grew up playing. Read
on to know more.
Let's take a look at some of these games.
Shatranj or Chess
Chess is perhaps India's oldest and most loved board indoor game. Chess was
born in India and has been played in India through
centuries. It is revered as an indication of a man's intelligence and strategic
capabilities. A chess set can be found in almost every
Indian home. Many of India's folktales are littered
with stories of kings and emperors and their chess
games. In fact, even the Mahabharata has a crucial episode which involves chess.
Chess is excellent for overall mental development.
Many schools encourage children to pick up chess. Chess
has a very positive effect on children and adults both.
Kho Kho is an immensely popular sport in India. In
some parts of India it is even played on a professional level. Kho kho is very
popular with children and is often part of the games class in schools.
In Kho Kho, one team kneels on the ground in a line, but with alternate persons
facing opposite directions. The other team sends in one or more members, who
have to avoid being touched by the chaser. He is allowed to dodge by running
through the line of squatters, but the chaser can only run in one direction and
cannot pass between the squatters. He however can pass the turn to nay of his
team mates who are kneeling on the ground.
This game is very quick, requires good fitness
levels and is excellent for overall development of your child. It is a quick
and exciting game and can be played for hours together. Also, it does not need
any training or equipment and can be played by almost anyone!
Kabaddi too is an indigenous Indian game. It is a
and has been played in India since ages. It requires
players to be strong and agile, and does not require any equipment or training.
In kabaddi, two teams occupy separate halves of the ground. Then one team sends
one player into the other half to try and 'tag' any member of that team. The
other team is supposed to capture that player and prevent him from getting back
into his territory. This goes on until each team member is caught or escapes.
Also, the team member is not supposed to take a breath until he returns to his
side. This is done by reciting 'kabaddi' over and over so the referee knows
when he takes a breath.
The game has gained popularity over the years in other parts of Asia as well.
It is played in many parts of the Indian
sub-continent as well as China and Japan.
Gilli Danda or Lippa
Gilli Danda or Guli Danda is a very popular game among the children
of India. It is played all over the country and can be enjoyed for hours
together. Most Indian adults would remember having
played gilli danda with their friends in the neighbourhood.
To play this game, you need a long stick, and a short stick with tapered ends.
The long stick is used to flick the short gilli into the air, and then hit to
travel to a maximum distance. The opposing team here has to try and catch the
gilli. That gets the hitter out. Also, if the hitter misses the gilli thrice,
he loses. The hitter's score is measured by the distance from the place where
he hit the gilli and the place it landed, measured by the danda.
These are some of the games which have been a part of Indian
history and culture and still hold much relevance today. Go ahead and give
these a try today, you may end up liking them more than your child!