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The ancient sports culture of India dates back to the time of the Indus Valley Civilization. Ancient India was home to a number of indigenous games such as malla-yuddha (wrestling), gilli-danda (a bat-and-ball game), kabaddi, hockey, and archery. These games not only provided physical exercise but also offered opportunities to learn important life skills such as team spirit and discipline.
Indigenous games also played an important role in the cultural, social, and religious life of India. Many of these games have been mentioned in ancient texts such as the Mahabharata, the Ramayana, and the Natyashastra as well.
The importance of indigenous games in India cannot be overstated. They have been a part of the culture for centuries and have been passed down from generation to generation. These games are a way to connect with the past and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of India. They also serve as an important source of physical exercise and mental stimulation for children.
It is unfortunate that many of these games are not part of mainstream discourse these days. As a national sports promotion organization, we have taken up this initiative to revive the popularity of indigenous games. This is a very important step in transforming India’s sports landscape.
PEFI presents a calendar dedicated to indigenous games of India. Please use these calendars, share them as widely as possible, and help us revive India’s glorious sports tradition.
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