Children can connect with their culture and to their parent's childhoods through these games.
Indian culture includes sports and games. Unfortunately, kids today are heavily involved in video games, play stations, laptops, TV, etc. Indian indoor games are forgotten. Kids no longer play outside with friends. Kids' health issues are rising due to less physical activity. Thus, reviving these Indian games will benefit health.
Let's explore India's traditional games.Aadu Puli Attam
This mind-puzzle game requires good memory and observation. Aadu Puli Attam, a strategic two-player board game from Tamil Nadu.
Huli gatta is popular in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh (Puli Joodam or Puli Meka). Since this game requires strategy and smarts to win, many gamblers lose it. One player is in charge of three tigers and the other 15 goats.Tigers "hunt" goats while goats block them.
This game improves strategy and thinking.
This game teaches players how well-coordinated goats can stop tigers. How to feed on prey efficiently. Men dominate this game. Every verandah in ancient houses has this game chart engraved.
Games improve aptitude as well as provide entertainment. Devices have kept kids indoors, so they rarely play outside.
These games teach kids teamwork, leadership, exercise, swiftness, smart tactics, and more than just fun and entertainment. Pallankuli is a popular Tamil-language women-only game. Tamilnadu, Srilanka, and Malaysian women play pallankuli.
Since most women work with their fingers, this game helps them learn. It improves math, memory, thinking, and leisure time management. Many women stay up all night to pray on Shiva Rathiri, Vaikunda Ekadesi, and new moon days, so games like this keep them from falling asleep.
Paramapadham, known as Thayam in Tamil Nadu, is a popular indoor game played by angels and sages. This game is worldwide. This game is called Chutes and Ladder in the US, Vaikunthapali or Paramapada in Andhra Pradesh, Sopana Patam in Telugu, and Saanp aur Seedhi, Saanp Seedhi, and Mokshapat in Hindi.
This game is Hindu mythological. In this game, grids represent a man’s life, ladder his virtues, and snakes his sins. Everyone starts at block one, but who rises to the top depends on their virtues.
Sins will only bring failure. Indian boards have more snakes than ladders to symbolise that humans are prone to sin. However, ladders and snakes are equally represented on US boards, symbolising equality and the cultural belief that every sin has a second chance. Hindu mythology villains inspired the Indian board's snake names. Ladders represented generosity, faith, and humility, while snakes represented lust, anger, murder, and theft.
After school, Tamilnadu children played a variety of street games.Adu Puli Attam, Pallanguli, snake and ladder, Kannampoochi, Kichu Kichu thambalam, Nondi, Kalla manna, and others are popular games.