Traditional Games

Open House – Games from Chennai – Aug. 21, 2016

Open House. display and play session of games of Chennai

Conducted by Kreeda in partnership with Amethyst

Date: Sunday, August 21, 2016

Time: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm

Location: The Folly, Amethyst, Express Estate, (Opposite Satyam Cinemas car park), Royapettah, Chennai 600014

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For years now Kreeda has been involved in documenting the Graffiti Games carved in temples and old monuments. These graffiti tell us a lot about games, their variations, their spread and popularity as well as their antiquity. With Temples modernising, many old floors are being ripped up to be replaced by modern and convenient marble. We stand to lose a lot of our history with the loss of these boards. A display of the games and the monuments in which they were found is accompanied by a chance to actually play the same games. A fun and interesting event for young and old alike.

An Evening of Traditional Games – Aug. 18, 2016

This evening will introduce participants to a smattering of traditional games across different types – strategy games, race games, cross and circle games and other folk games. There will be an introduction to the history and antiquity of the games as well as their cultural influences.

Conducted by Kreeda in partnership with Ashvita Events.
Date: Thursday, August 18, 2016
Time: 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Location: Ashvita Bistro, No. 11, Bawa Road, Alwarpet 600018
No age limit for participation
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Heritage walk: Kapaleeshwarar temple, Mylapore – Aug. 28, 2016

History, Art, Architecture and Traditional Games by Dr Chithra Madhavan, historian with Vinita Sidhartha of Kreeda.
Between 6.30 a.m. and 8.30 a.m. A fee of Rs.300/- per person will be charged for this tour.

During this session, Vinita Sidhartha from Kreeda will talk about the games and their link to life as we know it today. A history of the games, our learning from them will all be covered. Those who attend will be encouraged to find the boards when they visit the temple.

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Heritage Walk: Waves of conversion and a games thrown in – Aug. 27, 2016

Tiruvanmiyur in 7- 8th Century – Led by Pradeep Chakravarthy.
7.00 a.m. to 7.45 a.m.

A landmark on the Vadagu Peruvazhi (as the ECR was known in Chola times), Tiruvanmiyur. Marundeswarar Temple is a great place in Madras to understand the work of the Shaivaite saints in reconverting Tamilians in the Chola times to Hinduism from Jainism and Buddhism. The 30min walk will explore the sadly modernized temple and understand how religion and politics mingled for mutual benefit in the 6-9th centuries.

After the 30min walk, we play games in the temple! For years now Kreeda has been involved in documenting the Graffiti Games carved in temples and old monuments. Kreeda has found two game boards carved on the floor of this temple. One is the more popular Aadu Puli Aatam, while the other is a board that has not been seen elsewhere. While it bears a certain semblance to other game boards one cannot be completely sure if this is the same game or a different one. Kreeda has been researching this game and has put together three sets of optional rules to play the game.

This program is done with the support of the Chennai chapter of INTACH.

Meeting spot entrance to temple opp. the temple tank and facing the beach (NOT the one on ECR)
The walk is free and will not focus on the religious aspect of the temple – there will be no time in the walk to offer worship, please plan for that separately
Kreeda games will bring the boards and other accessories to play the game, just bring your fun quotient with you!
Please dress appropriately for a house of worship. No shorts please!

Registrations to on or before August 20, 2016