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8th edition of Kreedaa Kaushalya: Exhibition of traditional games of India to open tomorrow at Ramsons

Mysuru, April 20:- Tricks, puzzles and number patterns have tested the intellect of mathematicians for thousands of years and these brain-teasers have helped to advance our understanding in many areas from logic to the study of shapes found in nature.

India’s role in the history of the world’s games is of primary importance. Archaeological and literary pieces of evidence spread over the sub-continent establish the possibility of board games being played as early as the Indus Valley Civilisation (3000-2500 BC). There are also enough pieces of evidence to show that games of chance and skill have persistently held an important place in Indian culture in intervening millennia.

Chess is a magic game, full of intricacies, with its own world. Playing it is an excellent exercise to improve memory. Kids who are good in chess are usually good in math or in any problem-solving situation.

The Internet age is rapidly changing the skills essential to succeed in life. Information that took months to track down, a few years ago, can now spin off the internet in just minutes. Children now must increasingly be able to respond quickly, flexibly and critically. They must analyse vast amounts of information, not just memorise but they must learn to recognise what is relevant and what is not. This is where the game of chess, number games, puzzles and board games as tools to develop our children’s minds are especially powerful.

Not only children but also adults and elders are benefitted by playing board games. Those who play board games regularly can drastically reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia as they age. Why?

Playing board games is incredibly good for your mental and physical health and your very sanity. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that challenging your brain with mentally stimulating leisure activities (including playing board games or cards, doing crosswords, puzzles, reading, writing, and playing musical instruments) is great for your mind.

Seniors who participated in such activities about once a week for a 20-year period reduced the risk of dementia by 7 per cent. Those who engaged in these activities more often reduced their risk even more by 63 per cent!

Kreedaa Kaushalya – Exhibition

Not so long ago, game boards were beautifully handcrafted by artisans with matching pawns and dice. These were not only for playing but also were objects of art. This tradition of handcrafting boards, pawns and dice has almost disappeared due to mass production of its plastic counterparts, television and video games.

Ramsons Kala Pratishtana has revived this abandoned tradition by creating game boards in various craft forms; these are available at the exhibition of traditional games ‘Kreedaa Kaushalya.’ The exhibition showcases the richness of gaming culture along with hundreds of game boards and accessories created by artisans from across the country in various media at an affordable price.

Kids, as well as adults, can enjoy and learn games at the ‘Game Parlour’ at this exhibition. Here you can test your skill, ability and talent by playing chess, number games, puzzles and other board games like Chauka Bara, Nava Kankari, Adu Huli, Pagade, etc.

Come, play and enjoy games at Ramsons, Handicrafts Sales Emporium, In front of Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gadens, Ittigegudu, Mysuru.

The exhibiton will be inaugurated on Sunday (April 21) 11 am and is open between 10 am and 7 pm from till May 5. (MR)

 

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