Traditional games ashtachamma, meka-puli, vaikuntapali, kothi-kommachhi, tokkudu billa, gadiyaram, bongaralu , and golikayalu move over.
Games embedded in various gizmos are in to thrill the youngsters in the cosy confines, thus ending the supremacy of these traditional games, especially during summer vacation.
Many elders turn nostalgic, as these traditional games used to dominate the households during the summer holidays and, irrespective of age, everyone used to participate.
Villages used to wear a festive look with children visiting houses of their grandparents and other relatives.
And amidst fanfare, they used to play kothi-kommachhi, tokkudu-billa , and other games in front of their porticos.
In the evenings, the families used to attend ‘jataralu', also known as ‘tirunallu', which are akin to the annual religious fairs we witness today, of the village deities.
With the advent of science and technology, children of the modern era are glued to computers playing ‘bowling', ‘billiards', ‘car and motorcycle races', ‘puzzles', etc.
They also spend considerable time in front of television watching their favourite cartoons and sports events. For them, the traditional games are confined to books alone.
However, the more adventurous ones join the sports camps to learn games such as football, swimming, skating, basketball, shuttle, and athletics. Some prefer to enrol themselves in martial arts to enhance their fitness during summer.
“Along with traditional games, the elders used to tell moral stories from Chandamama and epics such as Mahabharatam, Bhagavad Gita, and the Ramayanam to children during summer holidays. But now the situation has changed at homes too with everyone giving importance to electronic gadgets such as TVs, computers, videogames, and play stations,” felt septuagenarian B. Chandrasekhar.
Young Sruthi is apt in summing up the present trend among youngsters: “Most of the youngsters do not know about Chandamama and its value or even about the famous fiction and non-fictions books. City-based children prefer going to bridge classes or learning computers.”
Nadiya, a dancer, says: “Parents used to send their wards to Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam classes during summer holidays. But now, the traditional dances are making way for western gyrations.”
“Parents and elders need to take steps to protect and promote our Indian culture by making children read good books and indulge in pursuits such as traditional dance forms and fine arts,” Nadiya feels.
The trend has changed with the idiot box grabbing the attention of children