Indigenous Games Of India Essays

Traditional Indian 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. Lets take a look at some of these games. Shatranj or Chess Chess is perhaps Indias 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 mans intelligence and strategic capabilities. A chess set can be found in almost every Indian home. Many of Indias 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 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 Kabaddi too is an indigenous Indian game. It is a team sport 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 hitters 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!


Traditional Indian 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

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

Kabaddi too is an indigenous Indian game. It is a team sport 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!

 

Indian Sports

Sports are good for any nation. Various games are played in India. India has excelled in few games and failed in various other games. Our individual performances are outstanding in some games but lack of team work can be seen at various sports. Proper sports policy could have helped in doing better performances at Olympics and Asiads. Poor performances are also due to lack of infrastructural facilities. In the last 50 years, the government’s role has not been quire upto the mark. A country of 90 crore people fails miserably at important world sports events like World Cups, Olympics, Asiads, etc.

In hockey, India had Dhyanchand popularly known as hockey wizard and late K.D. Singh Baby who brought laurels to the country by winning hockey golds at Olympics. But we could nor prolong their legacies of performing the best. Later on India fell far behind because it emphasized on dribbling. Throughout the field the game was excellent but when it came to scoring a goal, it used to remain a distant reality. The grounds in subsequent years became technologically improved like Astro turf. It took India a lot of time to catch up on these grounds due to lack of infrastructure and such grounds on home. Moreover, killer instinct to score a goal was also lacking on various occasions. That is why Germany, Australia and even Pakistan are able to perform better than India. Similar is the condition with football, the most popular game. India’s performance is so dismal that we are not even able to qualify for the World Cup Soccer Tournaments held every four years.

In athletics again, India’s performance has been poor. The largest team goes to the Olympics and comes without winning any medal. In the last fifty years India had not got any gold medal. In 1984, P.T. Usha, the sprint queen remained away from winning a bronze medal in hurdles race by fraction of a second, though she did outstanding performance by winning few golds at Asiads. We also had good performance by Milkha Singh, the flying Sikh of India. Again we are lacking in Javelin and Discus throws. Limba Ram showed outstanding performances at Archery championship but he is not consistent.

The reasons for poor performance can be attributed to the non-availability of economic support to these sports persons. The conditions of some of our outstanding performers have been very depressing due to poverty. They were not given enough economic support to live a good life. This kills the motivation at the entry level to play and later on to excel. There has to be a support so that the players do not drop out when they are needed the most. Of course, the proper training and proper nutritions have to be provided at every level but they are not. Some improvements as regards to policies have been formulated as now they are suitably rewarded. But lot can be done. Various awards are given to outstanding sports persons like Arjun awards and Dronacharya awards to the coaches.

If we look at other sports like cricket and lawn tennis, India’s performance has been satisfactory and doing well. We have a strong cricket team. India won the World Cup in 1983 under the captainship of Kapil Dev. Kapil Dev holds the record of highest wicket taker in test cricket and S.M. Gavasker has highest test centuries in test cricket to his credit. India has produced world class spinner like Chandrashekhar and B.S. Bedi. In lawn tennis India has always played better than its potential in Davis Cup. It reached in the finals once. The contribution of Ramanathan Krishnan, Vijay Amritraj and Ramesh Krishnan are worth noticing. In recent years the duo of Laender Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi have brought remarkable success at world circuit and they are no. 4 in world ranking. Individually their ranking is far below but when they combine they produce wonders.

Similarly the country which invented the chess, i.e., India is getting its real glory in the hands of Vishwanathan Anand. He has defeated almost all the top world chess players like Karpov, Kasperov. He was the first Indian to get International Master title. Dibendu Barua[??] and Pravin Thipsay are alos doing better. On the Badminton front too Prakash Padukone brought laurels to the country by winning prestigious tournaments like All England Badminton Championship in 1980. He has also helped in improving the conditions for improving Badminton in India. The performances of Deep Chand and Rajeev Bagga have also shown a touch of class. India can do a lot on Table Tennis front. India has not been able to do better at international levels in Table Tennis. In another individual sports like Billiard, the names of Willion James, Michael Ferrera are still counted. In recent years Geet Sethi has been able to win major international tournaments. The reasons for doing good at individual and costly games has been better infrastructure and good monitory incentives. Lawn Tennis gives good amount of money and similarly is the case with Cricket. The big companies provide enough economic support through advertisement which are generally denied to traditional games like Hockey, Football and Athletics.

The policy makers have never given a serious thought to the advancement and popularization of sports. If proper infrastructure facilities and catching the young at right time could have taken place, there is no doubt that India could perform better. There has to be an integrated policy to link the sports to national and youth development because there are various advantages of sports. Sports help in balancing the physical and mental development. But most importantly, it inculcates sense of discipline and spirit of sportsmanship which is very vital for development of youth as well as nation. The conditions should be made favourable in such a way that more and more youngsters are motivated towards entering and excelling in sports.

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