Lost Rural Sports of Bengal

Bangla located in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent mainly the Bangladesh and the Indian states of West Bengal, Tripura, Assam's Barak Valley, who speak Bengali. The majority of Bengal’s people live in rural villages. In those villages, there was a number of tradition rural games and every children was going to outside to play. Those outdoor games could be organized with in very limited resources and collected from existing sources around their. All the children had been benefitted for their moderate exercise (either physical or mental or even both) from these rural games. Nowadays, a lot of traditional games are being played less and less.

Traditional games

===KIT-KIT(Bengali: কিট-কিট )===[1][2]

It is usually played among girls. It is played with a smaller broken piece of an earthen pot, it is called GUTI in native name. It may be rectangular or round flat type clay. A big rectangle box around three yards long is drawn on the soil and which again subdivides in six rectangular boxes. There have many others formant is present but all the format have the same number of boxes. Every boxes has the a common name like first box is called as EK-ER GHOR, second box is DUI-ER GHOR up to number of five box is account as it is, but last big semicircle six is called SAMUNDRA . Every boxes have some fixed points. The players stand before the starting line and rolling their guti into first box. Then this guti is turned by the toes of one foot into second, and second to third, in this way up to fifth box, after reaching the fifth box, she turn back her origin positing in same manner but revised direction . After completion one total turn, again she rolling her guti from second box. At timing of rolling the guti , the player is sing a KIT-KIT song A player can be declared as OUT if the guti fails on the line, wrong box, or if the gulti goes the outside total playing box, or she puts her both feet into the box.

===GULLI DANDA(Bengali: গুল্লি ডান্ডা)=== [1] [2]

It is usually played among boys. It is played with a smaller piece of wooden called GULLI (about 4 inches) and a two feet stick called DANDA. Gulli is placed on a small pit (four inches, is dug into the ground) to pushes gulli off by using DANDA. The opposition player tries to catch the gulli. Second player gets the changes to push the gulli if the first player is out by catch gulli or hitting the danda. If the first player is not out, then he gets the change to hitting gulli. It is done by two steps, first he try to hitting one side of the gulli to slightly bouncing for placing it in air, then he tries to hit the gulli to send as far as distance from pit with Danda. Mainly 3 hits is given for the bouncing the gulli. Player have to send the guli in far distance just using the 3 hitting. If he missing 3 hits, player will be declared as OUT and second player gets changes to push the gulli. Again the opposition players try to catch this flying gulli for out the player. If the player is not out any away of above motioned .then, he gets the points by measuring the distance between the pit and gulli (where gulli falls). Another interesting thing is that while the gulli is in the air, the player can also attempt to toss it a few times with the danda before finally hitting it away. It is called double (if two times hit) or triple (if three times hit).

===RAJA –MANTRI-CHOR-SIPAHI (Bengali: রাজা –মন্ত্রী-চোর-সিপাহি ) === [2]

It is usually played among boys and grils. Mainly four players are need to play this game. Raja, mantra, chor and sipahi are written on four small chits of paper. Some points are dedicated for these characters, usually Raja has 1000 pints, mantra has 500 pints, shipahi has 100 points and chaor has 0 point. After the folding these chits are thrown in middle of the four players for collect one each. Among of them, who gets the Raja , he gives the order to mantri to find out who is chor from reaming two players. Mantri gets reaming point if he fined the correct one, else, the point will be zero and that point of the mantri goes to chor. Then, few numbers of the round going like this way and point has been noted in a note. After completion, the total point is added and the player, who gets the highest points, declared as winner at the end.

Some others popular rural games[1] [2]

  • GOLI(Bengali: গুলি )
  • LUKO-CHURI(Bengali: লুক-চুরি )
  • LATTU (Bengali: লাট্টু )
  • RUMAL CHURI (Bengali: রুমাল চুরি )
  • PITTU(Bengali: পিট্টু )
  • KUMIR DANGA (Bengali: কুমির ডাঁঙ্গা )


  1. ^ a b c Ghosh, Pallab (2015). "Traditional Sports and Games Culture Around West Bengal". International Journal of Novel Research in Humanity and Social Sciences. 2 (3): 1–5. ISSN 2394-9694.
  2. ^ a b c d "Traditional rural Bengali games".

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