Board the Metro for a trip down memory lane

In an attempt to add a dash of fun to a Metro ride, stations will offer traditional board games that commuters can play for a while, and then head for their destinations.

Chennai Metro Rail has joined hands with Kreeda, an organisation working to revive traditional board games like
Pallanguzhi, Paramapadham, Aadu Puli Aatam, Kattam Vilayattu
and
Dhadi
.

In all the 26 Metro Rail stations on two stretches — Chennai Central to Chennai Airport and AG-DMS to Chennai Airport — Kreeda’s team will have games set up from July 16 to August 13.

“This will be a good change for our commuters; we have chosen one station a day and they will have these games for two hours in that station,” an official said.

Larger initiative

Vinita Sidhartha, who started Kreeda 15 years ago, says this idea is a part of a larger initiative to popularise traditional board games in the city till the Madras Week in August.

In 70 locations across the city, a car with a table and a game will hop over from one place to another with these games, to allow people try their hands at this and enjoy this exercise.

“We chose Chennai Metro Rail because people who are travelling will take a glance at it and want to play. We are trying everything possible to bring these games back into vogue,” she says.

They have been carrying out extensive research to see if these games can be used in special education and even to teach Maths.

“Many of us don’t realise that these reflect our societal norms and outlook in many ways. Not just that, these foster relationships. Instead of video games, you may want to play
paramapadham
with your grandmother, which she will enjoy,” Ms. Sidhartha adds.

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