Every year, we look forward to connecting with our Singapore community at the Indian Traditional Games festival (ITGF) and showcase the traditional Indian games to community which greatly help to create strong bond within each other.
In the view on growing concerns around COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Indian Traditional Games festival (ITGF) event for May 2020. This was a tough decision for us as ITGF is an incredibly important event for Vivekanand Seva Sangh (VSS) and it’s one of the most looked after event for participants. But, the health and safety of our community is paramount and we must do our part to support the authorities in their measures to control and stop the spread of this pandemic.
We remain committed to the Singapore community and wish good health for all.
Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you all at our ITGF next year in May 2021.
Indian Traditional Games Festival - Expression of Unity in Diversity
As proclaimed by my Lord Shri Krishna in Srimad Bhagavad Geeta,
“The secret of living a meaningful life is to be very active, and do our best without thinking of our own selfish motives or even the results. A self-realized person works for the good of all”.
With this divine inspiration and a firm belief in value for uniting the society, VSS has accomplished successful conduction of ninth edition of a unique Sports event in South East Asia - proudly in Singapore. ITGF was conceptualised in the year 2010 with a noble intention to create awareness about ancient Indian Games which can infuse valuable qualities of camaraderie that can drive channelisation of the collective positive energy of our society to drive the creation of meritorious and principled global citizens.
This year, ITGF was gloriously marked with proactive participation of 2500 individuals and presence of honourable guests - HE Shri. Javed ji Ashraf, Smt..Madam MP Cheryl Chan ji and a galaxy of revered and distinguished guests representing various segments of composite but, the unified social fabric of Singapore.
The gamut of 11 games this year ranged from ever-exciting Kabaddi to the most mischievous marbles, from the fun-filled Gilli-danda (bail and stick) to disciplined team game Kho-Kho. Langadi (one-leg hopping), Lattoo (top), Skipping rope, Pitthoo (also called Lagori), Sagar-gote (five stones), Lemon & Spoon and Sack jumping are some other very popular games of the day. Professional and friendly matches were played for the team games Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Lagori and Langdi. Enthusiastic participants were eager to show their agility, energy and vitality in playing these team games. It was heartening to see parents playing their childhood games along with the younger generation and demonstrating their skills proudly. Many associations from the Indian community in Singapore joined this festival. Global Indian International School & Yuvabharathi International School along with local school children joined ITGF to partake in this great celebration.
We look forward to strengthening and brighten this flame of guidance (ITGF) every year to solidify the sense of achieving greater heights through collective efforts to our youth and children.
What we want is vigour in the blood, strength in the nerves, iron muscles and nerves of steel.