Forgotten popular India traditional games of childhood

Missing school days and the moments which we spent with our childhood friends? Through this article, let's get back to the old memories of school days by recalling the games that we used to play during our childhood.

We all are living in the twenty first century where every one wants to get the best but nobody wants to look for what were the basic roots out of which that 'best' has come out. Games and sports are very essential part of one's life as they help not only in the physical development but also provide a better working capacity to our mind. Today, outdoor games like cricket, football, hockey etc have captured the minds of people to such an extent that the upcoming generations are not even aware of the traditional games that we used to play in our childhood.

Traditional games, basically, are those games which have their origin from the very primitive times and which are passed on from one generation to other by parents or others. The rules of these games are modified time to time by the carriers and players and hence, we can say these games have no strict rules in general. A few of these forgotten traditional games are mentioned below.

Langhri- taang

In this game, a boundary is decided in which all the children have to run without getting caught by the denner. If the denner touches any one he becomes the denner for the next part of the game. The denner has to lift one of his leg and then only he could run and catch other children.


In this, ten blocks are made and children have to cross each block with one leg lifted. A " gibba" (a small stone of rectangular shape) is put in the block to be crossed. The blocks should be crossed in a sequential manner only. If one could not cross a block the turn of next player comes.

Chhupan- chhupai

These days popularly known as "Hide and seek" . In this game, all the players hide themselves such that the denner could not catch them easily. The denner makes a count from 1-50 and then he starts searching for the other players. If the denner sees a player and says" I spy you" the player is considered out and he becomes the denner for the next round but if the player says "dhappi" before the denner could see him then, again the denner has to repeat the same .


In this game, one player is chosen as the denner. The eyes of the denner are closed by a piece of cloth such that nothing is visible to him. The other players then, start making sounds of clappings at frequent intervals. The denner has to catch any one of the players on the basis of the sounds made by them. The player who is caught by the denner becomes the denner for the next round of the play.


Also known as "barf-pani". In this game, two teams are made with equal number of players. One team becomes the denner team and the other becomes the playing team. The denner team has to touch the players of other team by saying "vish". At this moment that player sits down like a statue. He cannot run then. The players of the playing team if touches that statue player by saying "amrit" the statue player could again start running. The round changes when all the players of the playing team become statue. At that time the playing team becomes denner and vice-versa.

These are some of the traditional games which many of us have forgotten these days. Hope all the parents after reading this would like to introduce their children with these games. Tell me how they felt after playing these games.

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Author: Kailash Kumar22 Mar 2016 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 3

Such traditional games involve physical activities and are therefore beneficial from the health point of view also. On the contrary, nowadays most of the games are technology based like various computer games which don't involve any physical activity. The children remain glued to a seat and generally involve team work to a much lesser extent. As a matter of fact nowadays there is shortage of space also for playing games like 'aankh micholi' or 'Chhupa- chhupai'. The houses have shrunk to a match box like structure compared to spacious 'havelis' like structures in the past.

Author: sousil nandan das adhikari06 Apr 2016 Member Level: Gold   Points : 0

You can read my article "The endangered childhood sports of Indian villages".

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