Initially, traditional TN sports and the arts will be part of the government school curriculum.

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Chennai:

Traditional sports include ‘Karagattam’ (pot dancing), ‘Sillambattam’ (martial art with bamboo sticks), ‘Kummi’ (dance with hand clapping), ‘Kavadiattam’ (burden dance with traditional colorful objects) and traditional rural songs. .

The School Education Department’s decision to integrate traditional games and arts into physical education classes in government and government-subsidized schools is aimed not only at increasing students’ physical activities, but also ensuring that the state’s traditional sports will be passed down to the next generation.

A senior official from the School Education Department told DT Next that in addition to state-specific arts, traditional wrestling sport will also be formed in public schools and added that a committee made up of concerned athletes and experts as members will be constituted. identify trainers, especially in the villages.

Stating that after preselecting the trainers in each district, he said, “They would go to the assigned schools and give training to the students according to the local requirements”,

“In addition, a suitable program would be prepared for each sport and traditional art according to school standards,” he said, adding that an awareness program would also be created on ancient sports so that students actively participate in the activities. .

Stressing that equipment will be purchased for sports, the official said that in the first phase, traditional sports activities will be introduced for high school and high school students.

“Gradually, it will be implemented in middle level schools,” he said, adding that for elementary school level, traditional sports will be taught in classrooms through storytelling activities. “

As the government of Tamil Nadu had designated “Silambam” as one of the games to be included for the recruitment of 3% sports quotas in government departments and public sector enterprises (PSUs), the official said: “A plus large number of students in schools will actively participate to learn traditional sports. “


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