Forgotten Games Of Andhra Pradesh And Telangana

  1. Nalugu Ralla Aata (Four stones game)

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    This is a very ancient traditional outdoor 4-player game played by the children of the past generation, until the late 1960s and 1980s in many rural districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States. The origin and the birth of this game are unknown. Today this game has completely vanished due to urbanization and invasion of western games.

  2. Nalugu Stambhalata (Four pillar games)

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    This is children’s game popular in the 1960s and 70s, when the joint family system flourished in Andhra Pradesh, India. Children used to play this game in Manduva Logili houses, which are constructed with several wooden pillars (made of Rosewood or Teak) and an open space at the center. The game was also played outdoors in open woods. The game eventually diminished in popularity due to the decline of joint families and the increase of urbanization, western influence, and English education.

  3. Ashta Chemma

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    This is ancient game which was played extensively during the kings’ era in India.This game was used to improve eye-to-eye coordination, and to teach teenagers war tactics and strategy. This game is divided for Juniors and Seniors. The Junior board consists of 5×5 grid with 5 crossed boxes and the Senior board consist of 7×7 grid with 8 crossed boxes

  4. Vamana Guntalu

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    This game was very popular in the entire south India. It is played on a rectangular board with 2 rows and 7 columns. There are a total of 14 cups (Gulli in Kannada language) and 146 counters. The game was palyed in countries like Srilanka, Singapore, Guyana and West indies, where there is sizeable tamil population.

  5. Goti (Goleelu)

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    Also known as Kancha in other parts of country, it was once famous gully game. The game required the player to hit a particular marble with his marble. The player who hit the marble was the winner.

  6. Nela Banda (Oonch Neech)

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    This game has become extinct thanks to urbanisation and western culture. Oonch Neech is a rural and urban street children’s game and variation of Tag game played of North India and Pakistan. Oonch Neech ( means Up and Down in English).

  7. Poshampa

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    Two people stand with their hands locked together above their heads and sing a song. The other kids pass from under that bridge and the one who gets caught (when the hands come down like a cage at the end of the song) is out.

  8. Gujjanna Gullu

    This game is known as Kith Kith in other parts of India. The popular playground game in which players toss a small object into numbered spaces of a pattern of rectangles outlined on the ground and then hop or jump through the spaces to retrieve the object. This popular game is also played in other countries and is loved by all. This was mainly played by girls

  9. The other games include

    Kho-Kho, Kabaddi, Gilli danda, Ankh micholi, Chor Sipahi, 7 stones and many others which have already become extinct.



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