(Last Updated on : 04/05/2016)
India is the mother of a number of traditional sports and the sports are played quite extensively throughout the country. The Indian people love playing the traditional sports very much and they take part in various competitive tournaments, whenever they get a chance.
Organising the Traditional Sports in India
The Indian traditional sports
tournaments are organised by various authorities like the national, state or district associations. Apart from them, the organisers of different village festivals also organise various Indian traditional sports tournaments
Indian Traditional Sports Tournaments during Festivals
In India, most of the Indian traditional sports tournaments are organised during festivals. There are several regional festivals in India that have become famous particularly because of organising a traditional sports tournament.
Sports in Indian Tradition
The sports like Thoda
or Boat Race, Gella - Chutt
, Kho Kho
, Mallakhamb, Asol Aap
, Sagol Kangjei, Hiyang Tannaba, Thang-Ta & Sarit, Silambam, Dhop, Khong Kangjei, Ke Nang Haun, Kirip, etc attract a large number of people during various festivals.
Apart from the village festivals and carnivals, the Indian traditional sports tournaments are also organised at the associations that are working for management of the particular sport. The associations organise tournaments at the district, state, regional or national level for bringing up new talents in the field of that sport. Another objective behind organising the Indian traditional sports tournaments is to project the players from remote areas in the national level. The associations select participants for representing Indian national team in various international tournaments, from these national tournaments as well. The Indian traditional sports tournaments are playing a vital role for the preservation and further promotion of Indian traditional sports.
Kabaddi is one of the most popular sports in India, played by the people in villages as well as in small towns. Kabaddi is an Indian game which requires both power and skill for its play. It is a simple and inexpensive game and does not require any playing equipment. The regular Kabaddi tournaments are held throughout the country.
Kho-Kho is one of the most popular traditional sports in India. Kho Kho is a run and touch game that is very simple to play and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It does need any good physical fitness just need skills to play.
Kusthi is the best sports to play and maintain the physic. A heavy diet and strict discipline is to be maintained by the wrestler. Indian wrestling is one of most popular and difficult type of traditional sport in India, mostly played at Punjab and Haryana
along with Maharashtra.
Mallakhamb is a traditional Indian sport in which a gymnast performs poses while hanging from a vertical wooden pole or rope. Mallakhamb is also used as a form of exercise to get high level of fitness by the Phalwan.
Vallamkali or the snake boat race is a traditional sport in India. It is known as Vallamkali in Kerala. It is an interesting traditional game held on the occasion of Onam
. It is a famous water sport and one of the main attractions held in Kerala
. Boat Race is truly a feast to the eyes of the visitors, who come from far off places to see it.
Jallikattu is one of the oldest living ancient sports seen in the modern era. The ancient sport of Jallikattu pits crowds of brave young men against angry bulls. It is similar to the Spanish running of the bulls but a traditional part of Pongal
celebrations in Tamil Nadu
Camel Race of Rajasthan
Camel racing in Pushkar, Rajasthan
is one of the major attractions for tourist in Rajasthan. Camels are very important part of desert life. These camels are decorated beautifully at the time of race. Pushkar
is one of the oldest living cities in India, and it is gaining popularity for one of the biggest annual fair of camels. It was really a good experience to watch the camel race in Pushkar.
Archery is one of the most ancient sports originated in India. This is the favourite pastime or sports of the people of Manipur
. Indians participate in archery in National Games, Asiads and Olympics.
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