The spirit of Pakida Kali, a standard recreation of cube, is again at Koodallur, close to Thrithala. The aficionados of the sport at Koodallur performed an all Kerala Pakida Kali match that began in January 2020 and concluded on Monday final.
The COVID-19 pandemic had led to a break; however the zest of the Koodallur individuals for the sport made them resume the match and end it in an ecstatic method.
It was celebrated filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan who inaugurated the match on January 14, 2020. Speaker M.B. Rajesh gave away the prizes to the winners at a perform held at Koodallur on Saturday.
The Pakida crew of Moscow Irumbiliyam from Malappuram district lifted the championship by defeating the Thekkumpadam City crew from the identical district. As many as 64 groups from Thrissur, Palakkad, and Malappuram took half within the match held underneath the patronage of Adoor Gopalakrishnan.
Mr. Gopalakrishnan was enamoured of the sport after it was propagated by M.T. Vasudevan Nair by way of his novels. Mr. Nair, who grew up at Koodallur, has encapsulated the spirit of Pakida Kali in a number of of his novels, together with Randamoozham.
Konthunni Nair, one of many protagonists who excelled in Pakida Kali in one among his novels, was a real-life character from Koodallur.
“We’ve got been invited by individuals from completely different components of Kerala, significantly Kottayam, not solely to propagate the sport there but additionally to show them the methods,” stated G.V. Devadasan, chairman of the Koodallur Pakida Kali Sangham, which organised the match.
Mr. Devadasan stated the match witnessed eager fights that always lasted for greater than two days. One of many semi-finals fought between Thekkumpadam and Cherattamanna took 57 hours, saving a one-hour break that the gamers took. With out sleep, they performed on. Moscow Irumbiliyam needed to struggle 41 hours continuous to elevate the championship within the closing.
“Though it’s being thought-about a village recreation performed on a cow-dung smeared flooring, it requires distinctive intelligence and focus. It’s a brainy recreation. For the individuals of Koodallur, it’s a recreation of satisfaction. And there was once a time when individuals from different locations dreaded taking up the Koodallur Pakida Kali crew,” stated Mr. Devadasan.
Koodallur gamers have been the masters of the sport. It was the late M.V. Kunhan from Koodallur who taught actor Mohanlal find out how to play the Pakida recreation in one among his movies.
Only a few individuals make the dual bronze Pakida (cube), which weighs about 1.4 kg. The sport, performed on 96 squares, has its distinctive names and guidelines. And the individuals of Koodallur find it irresistible and experience its combating spirit.