Shimla | TNR
The first national championship of Himachal’s traditional game Thoda began at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex on Sunday.
Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Chandigarh, Punjab and Puducherry are participating in this two-day competition.
Inaugurating the championship, Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that he would put forward a demand to Union Minister for Youth Services and Sport, Anurag Thakur, to promote Thoda.
The minister said that various sports associations of the country and the state needed to do research on traditional sports so that they would be recognised on an international level.
Thoda, a mix of dance and drama
Thoda has been inspired by the war between the Kauravas and Pandavas in the Mahabharata. It is basically a game of archery played to the tunes and beats of traditional musical instruments.
The religious text has it that one team of players is led by Pashi, the five Pandavas and the other by, Shathi or the 100 Kauravas.