Sunday, April 20, 2008

Cricket and Maamaakam

Let us divert our thoughts to a fascinating change seen in the Indian culture.We were trying to throw away our own village sports by superimposing it by cricket--a European play.Now a fast change has occurred in the Indian Cricket .All our Cricket Players are being bought by agencies on payment basis.A player gets Crores of rupees.IPL is on its way from 19th April 2008.This type of purchasing of Creative men of Letters,Arts,and sports is damaging Indian identity.It is a way of intrusion and establishing authority over India.We are losing our Creativity and style in Cricket by this type of commercialization of Arts and Sports.The National face being created by Cricket is heavily damaging.Let Us think of the CIRCUS COMPANIES once existed in Tellichery ,Kerala!We are now missing it.A Terminology is seen created by Ipl -"Cricket Maamaakam"
Of-course Maamaakam was a Great Trade Festival conducted on the sandbanks of NILA or BharathappuzhaClose to Palghat Gap.The place of maamaakam is a very important heritage site.


Raghu Menon said...

There is a humorous saying that Cricket was originated in Calicut. The Zamorins even had specialised castes who played cricket. The Eradis were the bowlers (Eriyuka meaning throwing), the Adiyodis were the batsemen (Adi - bat, odi, run meaning batting and running between the wickets). I dont know who the fielders were?

But the game has good resemblance to the Kuttiyum Kolum which was played very much in South India. Instead of the boundary, the length of the path of the kutti is measured.

I am sure someone would have researched into the history of Cricket and there should be historical reasons as to how Indians do well in cricket. I read in the blog by Maddy that it was possible that the Kalaripayattu could have influenced the martial arts of China as China had good trade relationships with Calicut and the Silk Street near Tali Temple used to be once the place where the chinese lived during those days.

kochuthresiamma p .j said...

In these days of shrinking spaces and disappearing cultural boundaries, these are inevitable. The giant wheel cannot be stopped or put back. The best we can do is to see how best we can retreive human dignity and how we can cope with the emerging order without losing the essentials of what we value. --