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"Pallanguzhi" - a South Indian indoor game

Posted by
Sunder (Chennai, India) on 28 August 2010 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Pallanguzhi is a game traditionally played by Tamil women and children...
A Youtube video of this can be seen at this site

It is also used as a gambling game by men.

This game is played using Tamarind seeds or Cowry shells...
In young children , it helps develop motor co-ordination, hand - eye co-ordination and also helps develop mathematical skills.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about Pallanguzhi...

Luke Wiley from Spokane Washington, United States

I love the silky blue underneath!

28 Aug 2010 5:50am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Quite the informative post. Great exposure of the wood grain as well.

28 Aug 2010 5:56am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

That blue is wonderful and makes the wood stand out,
very well planned photograph, your trademark.

28 Aug 2010 6:00am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

great shot fascinating!!

28 Aug 2010 6:12am

Cruz from exurbia, United States

Phil says it best...a well planned photo, which we’ve come to admire. I used to play Mancala (a version of this game) with the kids...great counting game. Aside from that, we learn how to plan good pictures from you...that’s important.

28 Aug 2010 6:19am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Very interesting, I would like to have one of this :)
Good shot!

28 Aug 2010 6:24am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Haha! I have played this game! I learnt it when I was in Africa-but I never knew the name! Lovely shot, by the way!

28 Aug 2010 6:51am

k@ from Paris, France

Ellegance, again, you have a very elegant eye for sure : superb !

28 Aug 2010 7:19am

tataray from france, France

Superbes textures et contrastes... )

28 Aug 2010 8:07am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Nice and interesting shot!

28 Aug 2010 10:29am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Lovely color

28 Aug 2010 1:33pm

chen from manila, Afghanistan

we have a similar game here in the Philippines and we call it SUNGKA, = )

28 Aug 2010 2:20pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Marvelous detail. I love the blue.

28 Aug 2010 2:31pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

So well presented and a very informative post

28 Aug 2010 2:54pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Nice colors and composition ! Thanks for the link on youtube, I'm gonna have a look right now ;)
Have a wonderful weekend Sunder :)

28 Aug 2010 3:02pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

nice shot :)

28 Aug 2010 3:05pm

Don from spokane, United States

A fine picture of this game. The cloth is impressive with its beautiful blue.

28 Aug 2010 3:05pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Very nice image ;)

28 Aug 2010 3:28pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

cela ressemble au jeu d'awale en Afrique. Belle photo.

28 Aug 2010 4:35pm

Nina from Haute Loire, France

A picture of an expressive elegance ... nice composition!

28 Aug 2010 5:06pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

I knew the Awele, an african game very very similar except it has 12 holes.
Great capture !!!

28 Aug 2010 6:24pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I love the richness of this image. The rich brown wood resting on the brilliant blue is very beautiful. The white shells really pop. Excellent!

28 Aug 2010 6:38pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Oh, a shell game ! (Can't resist the bad pun, teehee.) Love the shimmering color and texture.

28 Aug 2010 7:02pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

really nice shot

28 Aug 2010 7:48pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Interesting glimpse into the culture. Nice colors.

28 Aug 2010 7:54pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Phil Morris has beaten me to it...such planning really is your trademark!

28 Aug 2010 8:16pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A beautifully composed shot Sunder! Rich warm colours make it most appealing! Well done! ;-)

28 Aug 2010 8:46pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Nicely composed and very interesting information

28 Aug 2010 9:13pm

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

Very interesting. Must be a great game.

28 Aug 2010 9:30pm

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

hehehe..cool to see

28 Aug 2010 9:31pm

Dana from Burbank, United States

Great contrast between the silk blue cloth and the wooden shell tray. I also love the introduction to Indian culture. The Pallanguzhi game is fascinating.

28 Aug 2010 10:34pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Superb colours, and such detail in the sculptured wood.

29 Aug 2010 2:03am

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Yes they call it Mancala here and my kids use to play it. Nice shot.

29 Aug 2010 2:28am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Yes, we play that too! beautiful colored shot of childhood memories!

29 Aug 2010 2:40am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

A great shot! Thanks for the interesting info

29 Aug 2010 10:02am

arneet from delhi, India

thnx for sharing that piece of info.
great shot!

29 Aug 2010 11:50am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

This game reminds me an african game called "awale"

29 Aug 2010 5:41pm

pixator from kerman, Iran

Yes !!
I like it !!!

29 Aug 2010 5:50pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

It does look like a game of Mancala which my daughter loves to play. This is so well shot on top of your blue background. Excellent!

1 Sep 2010 11:12am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

I love this game. : )

2 Sep 2010 1:34am