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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Gilli Danda /Tipcat an Outdoor Traditional/Folk Game of Garhwal, Kumaon and Haridwar

Notes on Traditional Folk Games/Sports from Garhwal, Kumaon and Haridwar (Uttarakhand Folk Games) Part -11  
 Outdoor Traditional/Folk games of Garhwal, Kumaon and Haridwar part- 2

                          Narration: Bhishma Kukreti (Folk Literature Research Scholar)
          Gilli Danda is ancient Jambudweep (India) game before 2550years. Gilli Danda is very popular rural game of Indian subcontinent countries, Cambodia and Italy. Gilli Danda is also popular traditional game of Garhwal, Haridwar and Kumaon of Uttarakhand.
 Danda means thicker, longer stick and Gilli means smaller in length and sharpened corner.  
 There are two sides for playing Gilli-Danda. In Garhwal, the Gucchi (a dig) is made for keeping Gilli and through Danda and is thrown to direct to other group who are ready to catch Gilli. If Gilli is caught the striking player is out and second player is to play. If Gilli is not caught and it falls on the ground, the gucchi side player will put Danda on Guchhi and the fielding side player throws Gilli to Danda. If here the gilli touches Danda the player (guchhi side) will hit danda that Gilli reaches far. Here again the fielding side tries to catch the Gilli to make out player of playing side. In between the playing side player runs to predestined point from Gucchi and makes run.
 This way the whole players play Gilli Danda and runs are added. When striking players are out then opponent group player play Gilli Danda till their last player is out. Now, whoever’s score more that group wins the game. There are many variation too.

Copyright@ Bhishma Kukreti 10/6/2014

      References

Bhishma Kukreti, 2010, Folk Games of Uttarakhand, merapahad.com
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