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A Traditional Manipuri Game

Published June 29th, 2012

Kang Shanaba is an indigenous game of Manipur i community which has been most popular among the old as well as young people equally through the ages. The people of this particular community believe that Kang was originally played by the deities both male & female to celebrate the creation of earth and beauty of the rising sun and moon. It is derived from the Manipuri word Kangba (means to start). The play, therefore, signified the start of a new life after the creation of the earth.

The pre-requisites of the game Kang are: Kang (an oval shaped object made up of buffalo horns or tortoise shells), Kangkhil (a round object like a giant seed), wax (uses during the play to make the striker object smooth & flexible) & rice(uses for keeping the playground smooth so that the striker object can rotate on the pitch). Nowadays Kang made up of plastic is becoming popular to the commoners.

On a plane surface the game is played either between two individuals or between two teams consists of seven players in each. Two lines are drawn with a considerable distance of about ten feet. When starts the Kangkhil is placed on the line with its broad side as target but opposite to the inning players of the team or if any. The player releases his/her Kang on the ground with a roll aiming at the target. Before reaching the target the player follows towards the Kang & the Kang is pitched at with hand because the rolling Kang is not allowed to cross the line even it approaches exactly towards the target with precision. There is a referee who makes all the decisions of judgment.

The game Kang is not familiar to the mainstream except only the Manipuri community living mostly in Sylhet. There is a grand tournament of Kang takes place every summer that causes enthusiasm among the entire community. Teams come from Manipur of India alongside the local teams participate in the gala event every year.

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A Traditional Manipuri Game

1. The player is getting prepared with the striker Kang

  • April 19th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 50mm / f/2 / 1/50 sec
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A Traditional Manipuri Game

2. A moment of releasing the striker Kang

  • May 10th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 50mm / f/4 / 1/200 sec
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A Traditional Manipuri Game

3. Another moment of striking

  • May 10th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 50mm / f/2.2 / 1/60 sec
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A Traditional Manipuri Game

4. The referee in yellow shirt during the game

  • May 10th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 50mm / f/4.5 / 1/250 sec
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A Traditional Manipuri Game

5. A female teammate just released her striker

  • April 19th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 50mm / f/2.5 / 1/100 sec
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A Traditional Manipuri Game

6. The pitch marked as arrow line

  • May 11th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 50mm / f/2 / 1/50 sec
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A Traditional Manipuri Game

7. Spectators surrounded while the player on strike

  • May 11th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 50mm / f/3.2 / 1/125 sec
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A Traditional Manipuri Game

8. A male teammate is placining his striker measuring line & length

  • May 10th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 50mm / f/3.2 / 1/125 sec
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A Traditional Manipuri Game

9. The Kangkhil is placed on the line as target by the opponent

  • May 11th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 50mm / f/2.8 / 1/125 sec
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A Traditional Manipuri Game

10. A moment of action abiding by rules of the game

  • May 10th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 50mm / f/4 / 1/200 sec
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A Traditional Manipuri Game

11. A moment of rendering worship to God at the start & end of game

  • April 19th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 50mm / f/2.5 / 1/80 sec

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