In Pics: Desi games in foreign land

Preserving the traditional Indian games such as Kabaddi, Kho-kho, Lagori, Langdi, Gilli Danda and more, Vivekanand Seva Sangh (VSS) hosted the Indian Traditional Games Festival (ITGF) on May 19 for the ninth consecutive year in Singapore.

Since its inception in 2010, ITGF has been very popular in the Indian community and getting famous among the other communities as well. Over 2,500 families with young and old, boys and girls have participated, played and won awards in ITGF in the course of the last eight years.

Here are some of the highlights from the festival.

HE Jawed Ashraf, High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Singapore, graced the event with his presence.
HE Jawed Ashraf, High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Singapore, graced the event with his presence. Photo courtesy: IndieStrings
Cheryl Chan, MP for Fengshan Single Member Constituency (SMC), was the chief guest for the event
Cheryl Chan, MP for Fengshan Single Member Constituency (SMC), was the chief guest for the event. Photo courtesy: IndieStrings
VSS received a certificate from Singapore book of records for the largest Rangoli made of Sogo during the ITGF-2018 event.
VSS received a certificate from Singapore book of records for the largest Rangoli made of Sogo during the ITGF-2018 event. Photo courtesy: FB page of Vivekanand Seva Sangh
The day was kickstarted with everyone praying.
The games festival opened with a collective prayer session involving the participants. Photo courtesy: IndieStrings​
The boys' team playing Kabbadi.
The boys' team hold their breath and charge onto the court during a vigorous game of Kabbadi, the traditional Punjabi team sport. Interestingly, India has hosted and won all the editions of the Kabaddi World Cup, involving over 10 countries, ever held. Photo courtesy: IndieStrings
It was the 9th consecutive year of the Indian Traditional Games Festival in Singapore.
It was the nin9th consecutive year of the Indian Traditional Games Festival in Singapore. Photo courtesy: IndieStrings
The festival was hosted by the Vivekanand Seva Sangh on May 19.
The festival was hosted by the Vivekanand Seva Sangh on May 19. Photo courtesy: IndieStrings
The girls' team while playing Kho-Kho.
The girls' team running at top speed during a game of Kho-Kho. The simple playground game has a rich heritage in India. Photo courtesy: IndieStrings
The boys' team cheers after winning.
The boys' team cheers after winning a trophy during the celebration of Indian culture and sport. Photo courtesy: IndieStrings
The girls' team is excited after winning.
The girls' team is excited after winning as well. Photo courtesy: IndieStrings
Over 2500 families with young and old, boys and girls had participated in the festival.
Over 2,500 families, including both the young and old, boys and girls had participated in the festival. Photo courtesy: IndieStrings

Nurturing and flourishing games, ITGF has received a hearty response from schools and other large associations, making it a big success.

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Garima Kapil
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