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Pachisi, Paramapadam and Other Traditional Games That Could Get a Revival After PM Modi's Call

Pachisi, Paramapadam and Other Traditional Games That Could Get a Revival After PM Modi's Call

Here are some of the traditional games that could become popular again after the Prime Minister's appeal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday appealed to youngsters and start-up entrepreneurs in the country to popularise traditional indoor games.

"Friends, our country has a very rich heritage of traditional sports. For example, you may have heard the name of a game called “Pachisi”. This game is played as "Pallanguli" in Tamil Nadu, is called "Ali Guli Mane" in Karnataka and is known as "VamanGuntlu" in Andhra Pradesh.

"It is a type of game employing strategy in which a board is used with many pits, in which the players have to catch hold of the pellet or seed. It is said that this game has spread from South India to Southeast Asia and then to the rest of the world," Modi said in Mann Ki Baat.

"Friends, today every child knows about the game of snakes and ladders. But, do you know that this is also another traditional Indian game, called “Moksha Patam” or “Parampadam”. We also have another traditional game in our country called “Gutta.” This game is popular with elders and the children alike and involves simply getting hold of five small stones of the same size and Behold! - you are ready to play Gutta!

"You’ve to throw one stone into the air and while that stone is in the air, you have to grab the remaining stones on the ground. Usually there isn’t a need of any major contraptions in the indoor games prevalent in our country. Someone just brings along a chalk or a stone, draws a few lines with it on the ground and a game is ready to be played! In games requiring a dice, improvisation is made with cowrie shells or tamarind seeds."

Here are some of the traditional games that could become popular again after the Prime Minister's appeal.

1. Pachisi