Learning about Indian tradition and world culture needn’t be boring. Mumbai-based KEC Games have now launched games that merge work and play. The best part is that these games are eco-friendly and are designed by local artisans, ensuring that Indian culture and talent is never lost. The games were launched in February 2011.
“Our latest games highlight local culture from India and around the world,” says Manisha Gadekar, who developed the concept along with her sister Vaishali. The duo were educationists for 23 years. These games are designed in collaboration with social entrepreneurs from across from India to highlight local talent. “We try to get unemployed local artisans from different regions. This ensures that they have a steady source of income and their talent isn’t lost,” says Manisha.
KEC’s latest range includes strategy game Mu Torre (from New Zealand), memory game Dhyaan Ramayana (Indian mythology) and even a jigsaw puzzle that highlights the plight of four animals facing extinction in our country. “We also give a brief write-up on the history behind these games. In the animal series, there are details of where these animals are found and what you can do to save them,” says Manisha. The games are designed using soy ink and recyclable paper to ensure that they last longer. To create awareness, the duo are also organising workshops at Farmers’ Markets in Mumbai to get like-minded people to understand the games.