Hasu Chiratay

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An ancient hunt game, Hasu Chiratay in popular because it aids in teamwork skills. A set contains a game board, two counters as leopards, and twenty-four counters as cows. The set is made by artisans with traditional textiles and paints.

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The history of games dates to the ancient human past. Games are an integral part of all cultures and are one of the oldest forms of human social interaction. Games are formalized expressions of play which allow people to go beyond immediate imagination and direct physical activity. 


Design & Craft

Personal Handpainted art, it is 100% natural and vegan.

As with all children’s products, adult supervision is required. Products that contain small parts may pose a choking hazard and should not be used by children under 3.

Prone to lose color over time slightly as is the case with all natural dyed & handmade products.


Know The Artists!

Kalamkari artists use special pens to draw and create nuanced diagram and weave with hands so that they are rich in touch, look and feel.  

These board games are created in “Kalamkari” from Andhra Pradesh.

“Kalam” means pen and “Kari” means craftsmanship; it is basically a style of textile design made by painting intricate patterns with vegetable dyes.

The pawns are made of wood in Karnataka.

This is how these beautiful board games not only is fun playing but it also provides livelihood to various artisans from various parts of India.


How to Play!

Game Paraphernalia – 

1 game board, 2 counters are representing Leopard, 24 counters representing Cow.


Game Setup –

  • Cows and Leopards should be kept only on intersection points, as shown in fig 1. During a turn, only 1 counter has to be placed.
  • In the beginning, cows are placed at eight points depicted in fig 2.
  • Then one leopard is placed on any empty point such that it can attack cow. Then one cow is placed on any empty point. Then the second leopard is placed such that it can attack cow; then one cow is placed on an empty point, then any of the leopards is to be moved to its adjacent point.
  • All the cows must be introduced on the board before any of the cows starts moving. Cows and leopards must always move along the lines. Such lines should be the segment connecting two adjacent points. (fig 7) Moves for Leopards –
  • If leopards ‘L’ encounters lone cow with an empty point just behind it, then the leopard jumps over the cow to the empty point (captures the cow) fig 3.
  • Leopard can jump over multiple cows in a single turn, i.e. multiple capturing is possible, provided it should always land on an empty point before jumping over the next cow (fig 4).   
  • Leopards cannot jump over each other. They cannot jump over any cow if there is no empty point behind that cow (fig 5).Leopards try to jump over as many cows as possible and avoid getting tied down by cows.
  • The captured cow is permanently out of the game and cannot be reintroduced during that game.
    Moves for Cow –
  • Once all cows are introduced on the board (except captured ones), cows start moving.
  • Only one cow can move to its adjacent point (connected directly by a line) during a turn. Cows cannot jump over any cows or leopards.
  • Cows should avoid getting jumped over by leopards and try to lock down leopards such that it cannot move (fig 7)

Winner –

  • If cows lock down both the leopards, cows win
  • If leopards capture more than 12 cows, then leopards win.


Maintenance & Care

Avoid direct sunlight for long.

Dust or wipe with dry brush/ cloth.

Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 4 in



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