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This Sao Joao, Navelim brings back a ‘shell’dom-played game

Margao: Once upon a time, the Goan traditional game logorio was very popular among children as young as five years, some playing well into their late teens.Some of those who have played this game during their childhood days like Emma Noronha, 61, and Francis Pacheco, 52, still have memories to narrate. The two told TOI that this game, also known by some as ‘seven tiles’, has a very simple concept.”There are two teams with equal number of players. Earlier, broken pieces of household roof tiles were stacked one on top of the other and then a player from one team had to knock these tiles down with a ball. The players of this same team then had to rearrange the scattered tiles as they were, while the opposite team tried their best to prevent them from doing so by hitting their opponents with the ball which they dodged. Once the last (seventh) tile was successfully placed on top of the pile, all the team players shouted “logorio!” in unison and then the opposite team tried their luck to repeat the feat. Now, instead of tiles, coconut shells are used which make the game easier to play as these are bigger in size. One had to be very smart and have great aim to knock down the stack of tiles with one throw of the ball,” said Noronha.Noronha added, “I used to play these games along with the boys of my village as those days there would be teams with players from both genders. I remember playing logorio when I was around 12 or 13 years till I passed Class X. I still recollect how one boy used to throw the ball with great force in anger at the other team members when his team was losing as the girls of the other team would tease them mercilessly.”
Pacheco expressed his glee at the game being revived at the 5th annual ‘O Re Sao Joao’ festivities being held on the birth anniversary of St John the Baptist on June 24 at Colmorod-Navelim in South Goa from 1pm onwards. Previously, the organisers had successfully revived another traditional game called tablam or tablani, while some refer to it as tableau.One of the organisers, former Margao Municipal Council (MMC) chairperson Savio Coutinho, said, “The purpose of reviving logorio is that we are trying to create awareness among the younger generation about the games we played during our childhood days. Now you will find most children addicted to playing games either on their tablets or smartphones, if not their playstations. Traditional games like gulli-danda, chor-police, hide-n-seek, stick-n-stone kept us physically strong and we never needed to go to the gym to be fit.””We decided to add a fresh element this year as part of our unique annual celebrations wherein no liquor is sold at the venue to participants. Moreover, traditional Goan cuisine of holle, soje, sannas, patolleo, kharreacho ani torrancho appetizers are served along with kismur and fish-curry-rice. Some of the regular participants enjoy the ‘artificial rain dance’ with the sprinklers providing the needful if it does not rain as the music plays non-stop,” he said. [TOI]

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