Rural games shine in Rajasthan

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A recently concluded traditional sports tournament held in Jaipur brings the lens back on our rich and cultural sports heritage and a feeling of the actual rural milieu from which they originate. Seen above is the popular Rumal-Jhapatta (Grab the handkerchief) played by girls in Gaaghra-Odhni traditional attire. (Himanshu Vyas/ht photo)

A recently concluded traditional sports tournament held in Jaipur brings the lens back on our rich and cultural sports heritage and a feeling of the actual rural milieu from which they originate. Seen above is the popular Rumal-Jhapatta (Grab the handkerchief) played by girls in Gaaghra-Odhni traditional attire. (Himanshu Vyas/ht photo)

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Rival teams in Rumal-Jhapatta consist of 7-10 members on both sides, standing in line 10 metres from a handkerchief kept in a circle of a diameter of approximately 1 meter. As the referee calls two players from both sides, they rush and try to pick up the handkerchief and run back towards their line before their rival player tries to catch them and score a point. (Himanshu Vyas/ht photo)

Rival teams in Rumal-Jhapatta consist of 7-10 members on both sides, standing in line 10 metres from a handkerchief kept in a circle of a diameter of approximately 1 meter. As the referee calls two players from both sides, they rush and try to pick up the handkerchief and run back towards their line before their rival player tries to catch them and score a point. (Himanshu Vyas/ht photo)

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Girls wearing traditional attire from a Jaipur city team rejoice over their win after defeating rivals in the Rumal-Jhapatta game. (Himanshu Vyas/ht photo)

Girls wearing traditional attire from a Jaipur city team rejoice over their win after defeating rivals in the Rumal-Jhapatta game. (Himanshu Vyas/ht photo)

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Seven stones stacked one over another in a Satoliya or Pithu match are knocked over by a ball as a player runs to rearrange the heap of stones before the rival team hits him or her with the ball. If the player gets hit with the ball by the rival team, they end up scoring a point. Pithu is a very common game even today in villages across India. (Himanshu Vyas/ht photo)

Seven stones stacked one over another in a Satoliya or Pithu match are knocked over by a ball as a player runs to rearrange the heap of stones before the rival team hits him or her with the ball. If the player gets hit with the ball by the rival team, they end up scoring a point. Pithu is a very common game even today in villages across India. (Himanshu Vyas/ht photo)

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Girls wearing traditional dresses rejoice over a win in a Satoliya game. (Himanshu Vyas/ht photo)

Girls wearing traditional dresses rejoice over a win in a Satoliya game. (Himanshu Vyas/ht photo)

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A groundsman draws a boundary line ahead of a Kabaddi championship. Amongt most traditional games, Kabaddi is a relatively popular one with professional leagues being organized for tournaments across India and abroad. (Himanshu Vyas/ht photo)

A groundsman draws a boundary line ahead of a Kabaddi championship. Amongt most traditional games, Kabaddi is a relatively popular one with professional leagues being organized for tournaments across India and abroad. (Himanshu Vyas/ht photo)

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Girls from Jaipur and Bikaner battle it out in a Kabaddi match at rural games in Jaipur. (Himanshu Vyas/ht photo)

Girls from Jaipur and Bikaner battle it out in a Kabaddi match at rural games in Jaipur. (Himanshu Vyas/ht photo)

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A teammate offers first aid to an injured player in the middle of a Kabaddi match. (Himanshu Vyas/ht photo)

A teammate offers first aid to an injured player in the middle of a Kabaddi match. (Himanshu Vyas/ht photo)

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A female archer takes aim as she concentrates on the target in an archery competition at the games. (Himanshu Vyas/ht photo)

A female archer takes aim as she concentrates on the target in an archery competition at the games. (Himanshu Vyas/ht photo)

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Players count points at an archery event in a recently held sports tournament in Jaipur. (Himanshu Vyas/ht photo)

Players count points at an archery event in a recently held sports tournament in Jaipur. (Himanshu Vyas/ht photo)

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