Tue. Oct 19th, 2021

Chatha Olik, a unique traditional game from Chital Valley

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 Gul Hammad Farooqi

Chitral, October 13: Chatha Olik , a phrase which in the Khowar language means “Falling in the Lake”, is a traditional game played between two player. Perched on a wooden structure similar to a goal-post, albeit with a lower height, the two players try to make each other lose balance and fall into a muddy pond, especially prepared for the game.

The idea is simple, i.e. whoever falls off the goal-post like structure. The players use pillow-like bundles of cloths to beat each other,

In one sense, the game can be described as a pillow-fight played above a muddy pond, on top of a wooden structure similar to a goal-post!

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The players get ready to start the fight
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The battle begins
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It gets intense, as players try to save themselves, while hitting the opponent
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One player dangles from the wooden plank after losing balance, trying to climb up, again ……..
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…. but the task gets difficult and off he goes, into the muddy pond of water. The winner watches him going down!
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