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A game of Dabba Kali in Kerala
|Age range||4 and up|
|Setup time||less than a minute|
|Playing time||no limit|
|Skill(s) required||Running, Observation, Speed, Strength, Throwing|
Lagori, dikori or lagoori (Persian: هفتسنگ (haft sang), meaning seven stones), also known as lingocha, pitto or Sitoliya (Rajasthan) is a popular game in Northwestern India involving a ball and a pile of flat stones, generally played between two teams in a large outdoor area. A member of one team (the seekers) throws a soft ball at a pile of stones to knock them over. The seekers then try to restore the pile of stones while the opposing team (the hitters) throws the ball at them. If the ball touches a seeker, he is out and his team continues without him. But a team member can always safeguard himself by touching the opposite team member before the ball hits him.
These additional rules make the game even more interesting.
- Clearly mark the boundary. If any of the seekers crosses it then he is out.
- If the person trying to knock down the pile cannot do it in three tries then he is out.
- In any of the three tries, if the thrower's ball does not knock down the pile and is caught by an opponent after the first bounce then the thrower is out.
- If the thrower's ball bounces off the pile and an opponent catches it then the thrower's whole team is out.
- Evading the ball;
- Building the pile of stones;
- Distracting the opposite team from building the pile.
In other parts of the country, the same game is known several other names:
- Lingorchya (Maharashtra)
- Pitthu (Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh and northern Rajasthan),
- Sitoliya (Rajasthan)
- Satodiyu (Gujarat)
- Pittu (West Bengal)
- Yedu penkulata, dikori or pittu (Andhra Pradesh)
- Dabba kali (Kerala, played using a ball made of coconut leaves)
- Ezhu kallu (Tamil Nadu).
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- "The street game of LAGORI". Sportales.com. 28 January 2007. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
- Cohen, Noam. "When Knowledge Isn’t Written, Does It Still Count?" The New York Times. August 7, 2011. Retrieved on September 22, 2011.
- Seven stones (ஏழு கல்லு)
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