The idea for Rewind Replay was shared by Deepak Srinivasan at Maraa and Rashmi Gopal. Deepak took me along to meet Rashmi and after talking, playing and drinking tea together, we decided to host these playing sessions.
Then Meeta and Pallavi met Rashmi, set the dates and the got the playing sessions happening.
When: 3rd to 9th September, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Facilitation: Pallavi Chander, Meeta Jain and others
Introductory note (by Meeta): Navakankari, Choka bara, Aadu huli aata still rings a familiar bell to many inhabitants of Bangalore. These were the broad games that still exist as living traditions in many parts of the state but are fast disappearing from the world of a typical urban kid. Often these were played in outdoor and semi-outdoors spaces. The underlying grid gets drawn onto the available ground which soon transforms to become a fascinating landscape of entities like seeds, shells, dices, stones, beads et all, traversing it till the game gets over.
By employing the simple means for these games as the use of the” available” and the “natural’, lends us a potential to inculcate a certain sensibility over and above its pure leisure value. The children will revisit their neighbourhood and search for varied materials to create their own means to play these games. Bringing these games back we also relook and reinforce the idea of play amongst groups younger and older alike, as an act of connecting in outdoors and common spaces. Later this can also lead to inhabitants appropriating/fashioning their parks and other common zones to include these games as footprints translated onto the terrain.
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