Traditional Games Competition

Kreeda, the organization that revives traditional games invites all of you to a special Traditional Games Competition to Celebrate Madras Week. The games involved in the competition are those that were played in Madras through the ages.

We at Kreeda have always taken great efforts to take our traditional games to all sections of the population. Every year, during Madras Week, Kreeda has been identifying and playing games that are a part of the colourful history of this city and conducting events across various venues.

This year, in addition to this competition, we are also working to make these games available to government schools across the city. The registration fee of the event will fund 3 sets of games for underprivileged children in a government school. Kreeda will conduct workshops in a minimum of 100 schools through the year.

So, your participation in the Traditional Games Competition to Celebrate Madras Week will not only provide you a day of fun and games but also help take games to underprivileged children and bring a smile to their face. So do register for the Competition. Let us Kreeda together!

Details of the Competition are given below:

  • The competition is scheduled for Saturday, August 17, 2019.
  • The venue is SPP Gardens, Maduravoil - a beautifully landscaped oasis in the city. www.sppgardens.com.
  • Each team will comprise of 5 players.
  • Winners will be selected in both individual and team categories.
  • The same company can send multiple teams.
  • Registration fee is INR 12,500/team.
  • Out of this amount, INR 2,500 will go towards providing a set of games to each participating team, to practice before the competition.
  • INR 10,000 will go to fund 3 sets traditional games to a government school. Your representatives are welcome to join us when we conduct the workshop for traditional games with the designated government school. The games will be offered by Kreeda at a special discounted rate.
  • Registration is compulsory. Last date to register is Aug 12.
  • Schedule on Aug 17:
    • Reporting time and collecting tags: 8.30 a.m.
    • Inauguration: 9:30 a.m.
    • Games begin: 10.00 a.m.
    • Prize distribution: 4.30 p.m.
  • Three winners will be awarded prizes, both in team and individual category.
  • Teams are encouraged to come up with interesting names/uniforms/ slogans for their teams. The most imaginative of these will also be awarded spot prizes.
  • Food will be available for sale at stalls that will be organized at the venue. Families and friends can also accompany the team to cheer and have a fun day out.

Kreeda was set up with the idea of reviving and preserving traditional games of India for future generations. The effort of preserving our games can never be the that of a single individual or organization. We ask you to join hands with Kreeda during Madras Week 2019 to create a new tradition of games that celebrate the city through the year.

This is a voluntary celebration of Madras Week – and while Kreeda is organising and facilitating this event with Hanu Reddy Realty India Pvt Ltd and other collaborators, we request everyone to take ownership for the event to make it a success

  • Organisers accept no responsibility for any injury at the event nor any subsequent cost related to that injury.
  • Organisers take no responsibility for the loss or damage to participants’ personal property, including money or other valuable items.
  • Vehicles must be driven only on designated pathways and be parked only in designated parking areas.
  • Pets are not permitted at the facility.
  • Consumption of alcohol and smoking is strictly prohibited in the event grounds.
  • Participants must not undertake any illegal activity on the site.
  • Participants must ensure that their behaviour is not offensive to others present.
  • Please leave the facility in a tidy, safe and in proper condition. Please dispose garbage as directed.
  • Umpires decision is final in all games
  • We request participants to focus on playing and enjoying the games. Sometimes, an overly competitive spirit takes away the fun of playing.
  • While these games may be popular and different ways of playing exist, we will judge based on our rules. These will be shared with you along with your registration kit.
  • If a team has registered and paid for a spot to compete and does not show up on the day of the event, it will be considered as a walkover. This will also be applicable to participants who are not traceable during matches.
  • Games begin at 10. Teams that show up after 9.30 a.m. may not be able to compete.

Let us all join together to celebrate our wonderful city.

Though there are various versions of play, the rules we will use for the competition will be shared as part of the registration kit.

Pallanguzhi

This game of picking and distributing is one of the oldest games from Chennai. Many families own beautiful old boards and sometimes it was just played by scooping out holes on a sandy floor. The mathematical thinking and counting in the game makes it an interesting and exciting tussle between individuals.

Tamarind seeds

Tamarind is a critical component in many South Indian dishes and tamarind trees dotted the landscape of Chennai. Most homes had trees and the pulp was picked and used in cooking while the seeds piled up and became a wonderful element in play. The player has to blow a heap of tamarind seeds and pick them one by one without disturbing another seed. This requires great skill, concentration?and hand eye co-ordination.

Aadu Puli Aatam

Virtually every temple in Chennai has a board of Aadu Puli Aatam carved on the floor – often 3 – 4 boards in close proximity – all attesting to the popularity of the game and its place in the history of the city. Aadu Puli Aatam is a fascinating game that challenges players to think to strategize and plan. It involves goats trying hard to overcome the strength of the tiger while the tiger tries to kill the goats – an epic battle for survival against the environment.

The Hoop Stick

Memories of Chennai – little boys and girls rolling a cycle tyre along. What can be more fun than rolling a hoop. A beautifully recreated version of the old cycle tyre – a cane hoop stick. Rolling the hoop along the way with the stick requires a certain skill and sense of steering and direction. The Hoop Stick race is a great way to laugh and play together.

Five Stones

Ask any person over 60 who lived in Chennai and they have probably played or seen people play 5 stones. One of the most ancient of games, it is hours of fun with just 5 stones! Tossing and picking them in perfect rhythm without missing is a skill that speaks of excellent hand-eye co-ordination and concentration. In early days stones were easily available by the roadside and the process of play smoothened and rounded them off. This game requires a great deal of hand eye co-ordination.