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Traditional games make a comeback during Onam



AIMING HIGH: Youngsters try their hand at `uriyadi' during the Onam celebrations.

A comeback of traditional harvest games marked Onam celebrations in certain parts of the city this year. Traditional sports such as `uriyadi,' `goli kali,' `kuttiyum kolum' and kite-flying were organised by youth clubs and residents associations.

Scores of people gathered to watch the `uriyadi' competition staged at Chenkalchoola colony on Onam. The game is all about breaking a decorated pot dangling overhead from a rope attached to a pulley. The pot is lowered to entice the challenger and pulled away suddenly from the reach of the contestant when he takes a shot at it with a bamboo pole. The participants step to the tune of the traditional `chenda.' The competitors are hit with jets of water on their face to thwart their efforts to land a clear blow on the pot.

Enthusiastic participation

Many of the festival managers organised the celebrations in a manner that ensured maximum involvement of the community. It was a break from the usual cinematic dance shows, ganamela, mimicry performances and street-side film screenings that were previously the hallmark of Onam celebrations at the resident's association level.

`Climbing the pole' was another traditional harvest game that was revived by city residents this year. The contestant has to climb the polished and greased trunk of an arecanut palm. The prize for the winner could be a shirt, Rs.1,000 or a carton of beer. Enthusiastic revellers, many of them tipsy, egging on the contestants are an usual sight at the venue of such competitions. `Tug-of-war' competitions were held in several residential areas. In a few places, senior citizens tried to relive their prime by teaching the younger generation to play `goli,' `kuttiyum kolum,' `olapanthu' and `seven tiles.' These popular games of yesteryears had faded away into insignificance owing to lack of space and patronage in urban areas. Several kite-flying enthusiasts gathered at Shangumughom and Veli to indulge in their favourite sport. This year, many flew synthetic kites imported from the United States. Most of the games were organised in the afternoon.

G. ANAND

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