Thursday, May 5, 2011

`Kreedaa Kaushalya’: A peek into the world of traditional games

In this 3D and computer world, today’s generation most of them don’t know about traditional games which were played by ancestors. Hence to create awareness among people Ramsons Kala Pratisthana is making an attempt to bring out the traditional board games of India through exhibition called `Kreedaa Kaushalya’, at its premises every year.

More than thirty varieties of board games and nearly 1,200 exhibits which are on display are attracting huge number of public towards it and making one mesmerize. Apart from this two board games of snake and ladder game of 1894 are also displayed. The exhibition will be open till May 8 at Pratima Gallery opposite zoo.

The aim of Pratishtana is to revive this gorgeous traditional board-games of the country by showcasing the richness of Indian’s gaming Culture and the talent of artisans in various fields.

The most rare and attractive board games which are exhibited are Kalmakari, embrodiery works, Bidri work, Pitloom work of Maharashtra, gun metal board in which game is carved in silver inlay, art works and paintings of traditional board games done on bandini cloth, Navalgondu of Hubli, and the inlay work of alugalimane done in bronze by artist Mayachar of Bangalore, silver chess board with wodden chess pans coated with gold and many other.

The beautiful crafted board games has become cynosure of art lovers and
even if summer camps are in rise, more number of children were seen visiting the Gallery and were seen enjoying playing and looking at the rare board-games which were displayed.

Speaking to Express, Raghu Dharmendra of Ramsons Kala Pratisthana said that `To make public aware of the traditional board games like Kavade, chowka baara, alugulimane which were played in olden days by elders at leisure time, we are exhibiting every year this board games and this is the fourth exhibition.

He further added that `we are still on search of most of the ancient tradition games which have not found and even plans have also been made to introduce ganjifa and card games in coming days.’

new board games are also been searching and every year we are introducing some more board games. The board games had been compiled from different craft pockets in the country, including Karnataka, Rajasthan, Orissa, Gujarat, Bihar, Hubli and many other places.

`India is a home to many of the board games but most of us don’t know about its popularity. An interesting thing is every board games has its own history a reason behind for introducing it. After seeing all this my childhood is coming in front on my eyes,’ said 60-year-old Ravindra, resident of Roopanagar.

By visiting this exhibition one can learn how to play the traditional games like chess, aligulimane, chouka baara, pagade and many other boards games and pawns.

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