12 May, 2021

Pallanguzhi Days

Traditional board games make a comeback courtesy a few enthusiasts

R.A. Chandroo
Pallanguzhi Days

Games People Played

  • Pachisi/Pagade/Chaupad: Dating back to 4th century AD, and akin to Ludo, it is said to be India’s national board game and one of Akbar’s favourites
  • Pallanguzhi/Ali Guli Mane: Played traditionally with tamarind seeds/cowrie shells on a wooden board. Develops logic, hand-eye coordination, concentration
  • Parampadam: This is the original snakes and ladders, steeped in morality, various gods taking you to salvation, and demons plunging you into hell
  • Chaturanga: This ancestor of chess is said to be the game Yudhishthir lost to Duryodhana in the Mahabharata
  • Vimanam: A race game for two played on a printed kalamkari canvas board with wooden counters/coins and cowrie shells
  • Adu Puli Atam/Adu Huli: This game of tigers and goats, with one hunting the other, can still be found etched on temple floors. Improves strategy and concentration.
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