GRAMODAYA is a statewide mega-sports event that seeks to bring together people from all walks of life in rural Meghalaya onto a common platform to celebrate rural life and the spirit of oneness.
Meghalaya is characterised by a diverse group of people with a strong sense of purpose, and unique cultural and natural heritage that have always co-existed in harmony since time immemorial. Gramoday provides an excellent platform for people to rekindle that unity and to grow more from knowing and learning from each other, through collaboration and participation in sports.
The lives of people of Meghalaya, just as it is with all of mankind throughout eternity, centers around the life giving force of water. It is around water that the people have existed, build lives and tied their livelihoods to the natural resources that stemmed directly or indirectly through the presence of water. Hence it is only apt that Gramoday brings together all these people in groups that are each tied to a water source to represent it.
With football as the main sport, this behemoth event is being played out by a large number of village teams in 712 matches across 178 sub-watersheds in all 11 districts of the state, making it one of the largest grassroot level football tournament in
The matches are organized jointly by the District Soil & Water Conservation Officer and District Sport Officer based at all the 11 districts. Each team first competes at Sub-Watershed level. The winners then progress to compete at District level against other Sub-Watershed winners. Finally, District winners will compete against each other in a Grand Finale at State Level, to be held sometime in February. Other attractions such as food stalls, shows, side competitions, games, music, prize distributions etc. add to the charm of the event, giving it a Fete like atmosphere where people from all walks of life, including women and children are active participants.
The initiative is expected to bring together and foster long lasting bonds between communities and individuals, and also with various government workers in the state. This will also allow communities and individuals to get better involved in various new and ongoing community-led initiatives under the Integrated Basin Development and Livelihoods Promotion (IBDLP) Programme such as the Community Nurseries, Community Seed Banks, Integrated Village Development Plan (IVDP), Integrated Village Cooperative Societies (IVCS), Springshed Initiative, FoodSTART+, etc., and also in ongoing state-wide projects for sustainable livelihoods and Natural Resource Management including the Meghalaya Livelihoods and Access to Markets Project (Megha LAMP), the Meghalaya Community Led Landscapes Management Project (CLLMP), and others.