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Gella - Chutt

Gella-Chutt is a sport indigenous to Tripura. This is an outdoor game played by two groups, the out group and the in group. The number of participants in this game varies from place to place within the state. Usually each group has seven to ten players.

One group is called the out group, while the other is called the in group. Each group can have 7 to 10 players, if not more. The in group selects one player as the king, who takes up his position at a point about 20 to 25 metres away from his team members. All the players of the king`s group are confined to a specified marked area which is called ghar ( house ). The members of the out group spill over the entire area to foil the king in his attempts to reach the ghar, without being touched by any member of the out group.

As the game begins, players of the in group run one by one, shouting ` kut, kut ` or any other word of their choice. The players of the in group attempt to touch out players or make way for the king`s safe passage to the ghar. The in players are permitted to stay in the king`s chamber, and make a human chain from where they can touch out the out players, who are then considered dead. A player declared dead can no longer participate in the game. Thus, the king`s defenders keep his foes at bay, while the king himself is involved in finding a way, whereby he can outwit his enemies and reach the ghar safely.

This very process of leaving his room for the house is Gella - chutt, which literally translated means ` the king ran away `. The moment the king ventures out of his room, all the out players rush to touch him, and if any one of them succeeds, the king is declared dead. The two groups then interchange their roles.

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