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Nudi Mudi aims at teaching children the language through play.
Nudi Mudi aims at teaching children the language through play.

Nudi Mudi, claimed to be the first ever board game in Kannada that could help children learn the language while playing, is ready to hit the market.

This game, in the making for over 25 years, is a labour of love for Prasad Paramashivappa.

Speaking to presspersons here earlier in the week, Mr. Paramashivappa said that the board game has 21x21 squares and comes with 450 letter tiles which include swaras/vynjanas, swara chinnes and vathaksharas.

The game can be played by two, three or four players at a time. Using the tiles, almost all the words in a standard Kannada dictionary can be formed.

“The objective is to help children learn Kannada through play. This board game will help children build their vocabulary. Families and friends can spend hours playing and learning. It will be of particular interest to those who want to help their grandchildren learn Kannada,” Mr. Paramashivappa said and added that teachers could also use it in classrooms.

Mr. Paramashivappa, a trainer/facilitator at IBM Bangalore, analysed over 90,000 Kannada words, studying the frequency of the appearance of various swaras/vynjanas, swara chinnes and vathaksharas before designing the game.

He has filed for a patent to gain recognition for the innovation.

  There are plans to organise demonstration games across the city. Interested persons can email Mr. Paramashivappa at nudimudi@yahoo.com or call 9900011520.

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