Gilli-Danda is an amateur sport played in the rural areas and small towns all over Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as Cambodia, Turkey and Italy. The game is played with two sticks: a large one called a danda, which is used to hit a smaller one, the gilli.
Gilli Danda is an ancient sport of India, possibly with origins over 2500 years ago.It is believed to be the origin of Western games such as cricket, baseball and softball.
It is known by different names :
dānggűli -Bengali & Assamese, chinni-dandu -Kannada
kuttiyum kolum -Malayalam
kitti-pul – Tamil
Gooti-Billa or Karra- Telugu
Geeti Danna -Sindhi
Lappa-Duggi – Pashto
Kon ko -khmer.