Last Sunday, I played Lagori again. I had been to a temple near Tumkur with family. I saw two guys (Udaya & Chandana) playing Lagori in the temple premises. I was tempted to join them. As an ice-breaker, clicked few of photos of them playing, showed them and asked whether I can join them. And next minute I was playing with them. I played with them for more than half an hour. I was back to my school days.

After sometime, my sister came looking for me as it was lunch time. She stood at a distance watching me playing with the kids. After some 10 minutes she called me for lunch as everyone was waiting for me. At the end, I left reluctantly, soaked in sweat, totally tired of running-around. Thanks Chandana & Udaya for those lovely moments 🙂

About Lagori (for those who don’t know): Lagori is an interesting outdoor game which we used to play during our school days. It’s a team game involving two teams – seeker & hitter. Team size depends on the availability of the players, varying from as low as 3 to sometimes 15-16 members per team. To play Lagori, we need a soft rubber ball or a tennis ball and 7 to 11 flat stones placed one above the other, with bigger stone at the bottom and smaller at the top and an open space for the players to run-around.

Stack of stones is placed in center. Members of Seeker team gets three chances each to unstack the stones by hitting them using the ball. If one fails, next member comes in and gets his chance. When all the members of Seeker team fail to hit the stones, the role changes. The real fun starts when someone from Seeker team scatters the stones. At that point, goal of Seeker team is to pile up all those stones before Hitter team hits any of the Seeker team member by the ball. And goal of Hitter team is to hit one member of the opposite team before stones get piled up. The team whoever achieves the goal will get a point and game continues again by hitting the stack.

22 thoughts on “Lagori

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    Siri - February 22, 2007

    Oh!! you just made me nostalgic.
    I liked the Lagori the most among the games like chinni daandu, rama bheema soma, kunte bille & more to list. Because of which I was titled as ‘Gandubeeri’ not only by my mom but in the whole lane. I was nowhere less in finding an opponent to beat & win the game than the boys. Sometimes the rivalry I had with other gamemates had lead me to dodge them with the ball with great grudge (Ofcourse I too used to become victim for them at times).

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      Ganesh - May 5, 2017

      Do you know of any similar sports to Rama Bheema Soma? 🙂

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    Harshini - February 22, 2007

    Definitely nostalgic…! I guess it suddenly makes you realise tht its been years..isnt it ? But still brings a smile to ur face !!
    I hardly see any kids playing outside nowadays. Reminded of other games too like Kunte-pille, Choo-chand, ice-spice …..which actually is I spy…!!!
    Loved the last pic, Prashant. Really neat..!

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    Sanjay M - February 22, 2007

    wow prashanth AMAZING photos really – breat timing! b&w added to nostalgic effect 😀

    Those kids look like really cool guys of the new generation, good that they haven’t resorted to e-lagori 😉 …yet!

    Was a treat to read this post. I agree with harshini that even I hardly see kids playing on the streets nowadays even in a place like Malleswaram. We guys used to keep changing in different seasons… cricket, football, lagori, frisbee, ice-pice, and back to cricket!

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    mouna - February 22, 2007

    lagori, one of the childhood games! amazing fun, and laughter, with a few wounds added in.
    the black-and-white photo looks good.

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    Boopathi Mani - February 22, 2007

    Really nice photos with lovely expressions (including your description)….

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    Srik - February 22, 2007

    Oh! What a game it is…!!

    Thanks for making me revisit it 🙂

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    Indudhar - February 22, 2007

    Amazing photography displaying like a true professional. You have true talent Patchcha.
    – Indu

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    Ravindranath - February 23, 2007

    Very nice articulation… cool pics… 😀

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    bellur - February 23, 2007

    fantastic pics.
    made me nostalgic.
    you brought tears in my eyes, prashanth.
    waiting to play lagori and soor chandd with my son and co.!
    thanks for this treat.

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    Sigma - February 23, 2007

    Hmmm. Isn’t is so exhilirating to revisit our childhood, however briefly, through things like these.
    I have not heard of the term ‘Lagori’, but by the description of game I do recognize it – it is called ‘Satauliya’ [from seven – seven stones] or ‘Staapu’ in the north.
    One sunny winter day last year, some of us adults in the apartment complexgot together to play the game. And it was great fun. And seeing us, one smart kiddo uttered this pearl of wisdom – ‘Akhir baDe logo.n ko bhi maze karne ka haq hai’ [After all the grown-ups also have a right to have fun]. Lol!!

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    Prashanth M - February 23, 2007

    Siri, Thanks and no wonder why you were called Gandubeeri 😉

    Harshini, Thanks madam.

    Sanjay, Yes, its hard to see kids playing outdoor games. And will sure you call when I plan to go for a trek 🙂

    Mouna, Boopathi, Srik, Indu, thanks for the comment.

    Ravindra, thanks & how is married life?

    Bellur, Thanks sir 🙂

    Sigma, lol @ that kid’s words. Different places, differnet games. I heard that they call it as pitthhu or pitthugram in UP!

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    veena shivanna - February 23, 2007

    photos tumba chennagide prashanth…

    ee aaTa nanna child wood memories vaapas tarisittu.. naanu kooDa gandu beeri group ge seriddu.. I have played even goli buguri & was considered as one of the strongest players by the contemporaries..

    I played till I went to high school… Later we changed our baaDige mane & all my friends remained there 🙂 Next my studies all that …

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    praneshachar - February 24, 2007

    what great memories
    PM you really took me back to sixties this was a very common game with just one ball you can play and all are avilable any ground any no. of players is ok
    it makes you to run around and sweat as you had on with those two udaya and chandana
    good photos fine narration a treat to watch and read
    other outplays like kabbadi, kho-kho etc., came back to memories along with some faces if yester years

    thanks a ton for the post

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    Arun - February 26, 2007

    Extremely nostalgia inducing this is..

    One of my best memories is playing Lagori in rainy season in slushu ground!

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    Prashanth M - February 26, 2007

    Thanks for the comments Veena, Pranesh Sir & Arun

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    Cuckoo - February 28, 2007

    Hmmm I know I am late here. Gone thru all your posts but can’t comment on each & every one. 🙂 Trying to catch up with posts.

    I have played this game all my childhood and it is called Pitthhu in north India not Stappu. That is altogether another game popular in some other countries also. More on that some other time.

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    Vijay - March 9, 2007

    Great post.. too bad that children today dont get to play this as much.. sometime ago my son came home from a trip to Mysore all excited about this “new” game he saw called Chinni Daandu… made me laugh because thats what WE grew up with… and what about gaali pata (kites).. making maanja thread was a full time affair..

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    anand balaji - March 23, 2007

    Wonderful photo! Took me back in time, to an era when we spent everyday in the local field playing desi-games — lagori, gilli-danda (cricket too!).

    I remember that my grandmother would come to the field late in the evenings and yell at me for at least 30 minutes before I finally made up my mind to get back home! Those were such wonderful days seeped in innocence.

    It’s tragic that there aren’t many open spaces left for children to play in nowadays. For example, the boys who live in Banaswadi/HRBR layout play on empty sites. When construction work beings there, they move on to yet another set of empty sites… but for how long can they do this? Soon they’ll run out of precious space to play in.

    Along with preserving parks, I wish the BBMP also embraces a drive to set up playgrounds for children. It’s pathetic to see little ones play in apartment complexes as though they were cooped up chicken.
    The two boys look cute and naughty!

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    vids - December 1, 2007

    We used to call it ligorcha!
    Definitely one of the most played games after school .

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    Santhoshdevananda - January 11, 2011

    thanks for reminding about this beutifull game, we all palyed in our childhood….
    For a moment i was remembering euphoric days….

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    Pradeepa Devraj - January 28, 2011

    Its actually very good and funny game
    I used to beat my friends by rubber ball thru this game
    we enjoyed lot frm this game

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