The mascot of India’s 35th National Games Ammu, the Great Hornbill on 11 February 2015 was included in the LIMCA Book of Records.
The mascot found its place in the record books for its play, Kalikkunna Kuttikalkkayi Bharatham Kathirikkunnu (India Awaits Children Who Play) featuring the bird in lead role. The play was staged in 147 schools in Kerala.
LIMCA Book’s 2015 Special Literature Edition said that by 9 April 2014, the play was staged in 147 schools across seven districts of Kerala. The play was envisaged with an aim to promote sports among children and persuade them to take up sports along with academics.
The mascot of the National Games was designed by Rakesh, while the play, Kalikkunna Kuttikalkkayi Bharatham Kathirikkunnu (India Awaits Children Who Play) was scripted and directed by theatre artist Anil Karetee. The play was enacted by a team of police officers led by Chandrakumar.
Ammu, the Great Hornbill
Great Hornbill is the State bird of Kerala and was selected as the Mascot of the Games to reflect state’s concern for conservation of this species. The bird is facing extinction and is facing loss of its habitat, which are rain forests of Kerala.
The Mascot was given the feminine name to pay tribute to the women of the state. At present, Kerala is the only Indian state that has more female population than male.
As per details from Census 2011, Kerala has population of 3.34 Crores, of which male and female are 16027412 and 17378649, respectively.
When: 11 February 2015