Time to revive forgotten board games

If you ask a youth how many pits a pallankuzhi board has, he or she may be baffled. With several once-popular board games having sunk into obscurity, it was an eye-opener for many when V Balambal traced the cultural glory of India through traditional board games in a lecture at the University of Madras. In India, whether in the north or south, there are references suggesting that men were interested in outdoor pursuits like wrestling, boxing, hunting, and chariot-racing, while women played with flower balls, swings, tayam, pallankuzhi and so on. "Chess needs a special type of board and specific playing pieces. Hence it be came a game of the rich, even in India," said Balambal, professor in the department of Indian history, University of Madras...................Read more


Source: The Times of India

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