A ‘Telematch' on TV led to the idea of organising village games

Sports channels on television are popular among people but watching and participating in sports, especially village sports, is no less thrilling. The spirit of sports is just the same in rural games and people in the coastal region can look forward to such a two-day event at Badaga Yedapadavu in Mangalore taluk from Saturday.

Called Sri Bhootanatheshwara Kreedotsava, the event will have, on the first day, treasure hunt in the mud, tug-of-war (“hagga jagata”), removing coconut husk by mouth, rice-mudi” making, frog jump, filling water in vessels, fancy dress and talent show.

On Sunday, there would be bicycle race, drawing competition, mud field race (for individuals and couples), gunny bag crawling race, and coconut basket race.

It will have competitions such as beedi rolling, coconut throw, rangoli, weaving coconut leaves, natural body building, best looking “kori” (hen) and best decorated cow.

It is being held under the auspices of Shasthavu Sri Bhootanatheshwara Temple and Sri Bhootanatheshwara Bhajana Mandali, Badaga Yedapadavu, Mijar.

The festival of village games is an attempt at reviving traditional games and sports of Tulunadu region which comprises Udupi-Dakshina Kannada-Kasargod (Kerala) regions.

Over 1,300 contestants will participate in 21 games of the two-day Kreedotsava.

Categories for participation are solo, group, men, women, children and senior citizens' categories. Anyone can participate.

At a press meet here on Wednesday, Vijaynath Vittal Shetty, said he was inspired by “Telematch” on TV, where they showed games played in German countryside. He said: “We also had games like races in water. He said he wanted village people to watch and participate in such games rather than watch television.

Mr. Shetty said kite flyers headed by Sarvesh Rao would put up a kite show with demos to promote kite flying among rural masses.

Shobana's dance

Artiste Shobana with her troupe members will present a Bharatanatyam on February 13. There will be a free entry to the show.

On March 5, 185 students who have excelled in sports and moved on to State and national levels will be felicitated with cash awards worth Rs.1.85 lakh at the temple premises. He said Guru Kiran would perform on March 5.

A State-level kabaddi event will be held in April followed by a village cricket tournament. The organising committee is spending Rs. 25 lakh on all events, including Rs. 3 lakh for prize money.

  • 1,300 contestants likely for the two-day event
  • 21 games to be played in the competition