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      Rural Games
       

      India is a land of diverse folk cultures where art - culture as well as traditional sports are also diverse. But these games are facing the challenge to preserve their existence. Festivals like Shekhawati Utsav are playing an important role in preserving these games.

      There was a time when people in the villages used to play different-different games at large. These games actually played by generations were very popular. Due to the disappearance of ancient Indian sport the traditional social structure of villages is becoming weak. However traditional sports are the best source to increase reconciliation amongst peoples.

      In 1996 Morarka Foundation started 'Shekhawati Festival' to promote the art and culture of Shekhawati region. The reason why initially rural games of Shekhawati were included as a part of this festival was not only to make these games as a part of the celebration but also to bring back the recognition of these games. All these games were very much identified in this region and were also very popular the area.

      Because of the efforts of foundation these rural games are once again becoming popular in villages and more and more youths are participating in these sports competitions. Morarka Foundation and Sahaj Morarka Tourism through its undying efforts is continuously trying make these games an attraction point for domestic and foreign tourists in the coming years. Amongst the traditional rural games, Hardada, Sitoliya, Lukyar, Gatte, Chopad etc. are becoming famous.

      Rounder Balla: This game has been one of the most famous games of the Shekhawati Region. This game has got huge resemblance to Base-Ball. In this game each team has got seven players. Each player gets three chances and then on the basis of the runs made, winner is declared.

      Hardada: In this game each team consists of seven players. A round piece of wooden stick is kept on two bricks, in which each player has to aim with a ball from a specified distance. The team which dismisses all the players of the other team wins the match.

      Satoliya: This team has got seven players in each team and seven round flat stones are kept one above the other to make a satoliya. One player from each team throws ball from specified distance to hit the satoliya and make it fall. On the other hand, the other team tries to reconstruct the satoliya. In this process, the team which is making the satoliya is touched by any member of the other team. He is declared out.

      Lunkyaar: This game is very popular amongst rural boys and girls. In this game a circle of eight meter radius is drawn and another circle of seven meters in made inside the first circle. Between the two circles at the centre salt or sand is kept. Participating team's players tries to reach the salt or sand, at the same time the opponent team tries to stop the first team from reaching the target. In this process in case the player gets caught, he is declared out. Team is declared winner on the basis on number of points earned in the game.

      Kabaddi: Kabaddi is played between two teams of seven players, the object of the game is for a single player on offence - referred to as a raider - to run into the opposing team's half of a court, tag out as many of their defenders as possible, and return to their own half of the court all without being tackled by the defenders. Points are scored for each player tagged by the raider, while the opposing team earns a point for stopping the raider. Players are taken out of the game if they are tagged or tackled, but can be revived for each point scored by their team from a tag or tackle.

      Volleyball: Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team's court under organized rules.

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