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Event Date:18.08.2016


An Evening of Traditional Games
Conducted by Kreeda in partnership with Ashvita Events
Date: Thursday, August 18, 2016
Time: 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Location: Ashvita Bistro, No. 11, Bawa Road, Alwarpet 600018.

This evening introduced participants to a smattering of traditional games across different types – strategy games, race games, cross and circle games and other folk games. An introduction to the history and antiquity of the games as well as their cultural influences was given by Mrs.Vinita Sidhartha.

Event Date: 20.08.2016


Launch of Memories of Madras – A card game
celebrating Madras City (Followed by a quiz and a game session)

In association with Odyssey
Designed and produced by Kreeda with guidance from Mr. S.Muthiah
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Time: 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Location: Odyssey, Adyar.

This game is inspired by the rich culture and architecture and sheer beauty of Chennai city which often gets lost by the chaotic rhythms of life.It is a card game that highlights many significant landmarks in Chennai and reflects the spirit of the city of Madras. The cards are by no means comprehensive. In fact we had a hard time deciding on which cards to choose. This game was created with the support and guidance of Mr. S. Muthiah, well-known historian and journalist who is known as a crusader for the preservation of the heritage of the city of Madras and its environment. He gave us his time so generously and shared his knowledgewith us both in person and through his books which were a source of information, encouragement and inspiration. The sketches for this game were executed by Mr. Maniam Selven, a well known artist upholding the tradition and standards of his fatherlate Sri Maniam, known for his artistic creations of history and architecture and who was associated with the Kalki in yesteryears.

Event Date:21.08.2016


Open House – Games from Chennai – A display and play session
Conducted by Kreeda in partnership with Amethyst
Date: Sunday, August 21, 2016
Time: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
Location: The Folly, Amethyst, Express Estate, (Opposite Satyam Cinemas car park) Royapettah,
Chennai 600014

For years now Kreeda has been involved in documenting the Graffiti Games carved in temples and old monuments. These graffiti tell us a lot about games, their variations, their spread and popularity as well as their antiquity. With Temples modernising, many old floorsare being ripped up to be replaced by modern and convenient marble. We stand to lose a lot of our history with the loss of these boards. A display of the games and the monuments in which they were found is accompanied by a chance to play the same games. A fun and interesting event for young and old alike.

Talk – Traditional Games from Chennai – What they tell us about ourselves
By Vinita Sidhartha of Kreeda
Date: Sunday, August 21, 2016
Time: 6.30 – 7.30 pm
Location: The Folly, Amethyst, Express Estate, (Opposite Satyam Cinemas car park) Royapettah,
Chennai 600014

Event Date: 22.08.2016 / 24.08.2016 / 26.08.2016


Location:Old is Gold store, Semmenchery / Old is Gold store, Indira Nagar, Adyar / Old is Gold store, Anna Nagar
Never too old to play – A play session for senior citizens
Conducted by Kreeda in partnership with the Old is Gold stores

Kreeda believes that the old people are the storehouses of the nation’s culture and can contribute greatly to the documentation and revival by sharing their experiences in play. A play session was conducted with games they played in their childhood that brought back happy memories of play. Their experiences and memories were captured as part of our documentation.

Event Date:23.08.2016


Games of Courtship. Games of Love
Presented by Apparao Galleries in association with Kreeda
Date: Friday, August 26, 2016
Location: Apparao Galleries, Third street Wallace Garden,
Chennai 600006

The stories of Krishna and the Gopis and their frolics in the woods are legendary. Thanks to Bollywood the image of hero and heroine romancing around the trees will live with us forever. Trees have long inspired beauty, art and love. An evening of games inspired by trees – their seeds, leaves, twigs and fruits… Games that could well have been those that were played by Krishna and the Gopis… Games that were played by Rama and Sita in the forest. Games that are the stuff of legends and mythology. It was an event that gave our guests a chance to bond with someone special over a game.

Event Date:27.08.2016


Presented by Apparao Galleries in association with The Leela Palace, Chennai Chitra Madhavan (Historian) in conversation with Vinita Sidhartha of Kreeda Lakshmi Srinath / TVAM and Kreeda will translate Traditional Games in the Demonstration
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: 5.30 – 7.30
Location: Apparao Galleries at The Leela Palace, Chennai

For years now Kreeda has been involved in documenting the Graffiti Games carved in temples and old monuments. These were in all probability inscribed even when the monuments were being constructed. Though they are called Graffiti by scholars of Traditional games they are floor and wall inscriptions of a non- historic nature. A study of these inscriptions. These graffiti tell us a lot about games, their variations, their spread and popularity as well as their antiquity. Lakshmi Srinath, an artist/designer presented concept saris inspired by these graffiti games in Temples of Chennai. It was an evening of games and fashion with talks by Chitra Madhavan (Historian) and Vinita Sidhartha of Kreeda.

Event Date:8.01.2017


On Sunday January 8, 2017 at about 5.00 pm, residents and passers-by on the sidewalk opposite Amrutanjan were witness to a carnival of traditional games conducted by Kreeda. The event was held to bring attention to a neglected public area and to create spaces for people to meet and commune in Mylapore. This corner is part of the Corporation’s Luz Church Road pedestrianization project and was completed in September 2016 by CityWorks with design inputs from citizens and Namma Mylapore. People are welcome to use the seating space and get familiar with the location of 30 Historic buildings which is placed on a large map. As part of the Mylapore Times Festival this space was inaugurated by organizing an event celebrating the traditional games of our past. It was heartening to seepeople from all strata mingle and play together. Some street children were fascinated by the Bambaram while a gnarled lady walking up to her stall on the street reminisced about her memories of playing Dayakattam. Traditional panagam was distributed to add to the general air of celebration. The MLA, Mr. R.Nataraj who has been a keen supporter of the project dropped in and took the time to match wits with a young boy over the strategy game of KattamVilayattu. With over 50 people of all ages playing games the atmosphere was festive and the soft breeze of the Chennai winter made this a glorious evening.

Event Date:17.03.2017


It was a cool Summer evening, with a soft breeze blowing as the Rotary Club met for an evening of fellowship, fun, food and traditional games with Kreeda on the lawns of the Presidency club. Some tried all the games while some delved deep into the strategies and philosophy of a single game. But no matter what it was a fun evening all around with the nostalgia of childhood and play recaptured through Kreeda