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The Art to play: Board and Card Games of India / Topsfield, Andrew
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The Art to play: Board and Card Games of India
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  Book ID : 33239
  ISBN-10 : 81-85026-76-9 / 8185026769
  ISBN-13 : 978-81-85026-76-3 / 9788185026763
  Place of Publication : Mumbai
  Year of Publication : 2006
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  Language : English
  168p., 140 Ills., Index, 25 cm.
   
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CONTENTS:-
1. Dice, Chaupar, Chess: Indian Games in History, Myth Poetry, and Art/Andrew Topsfield
2. Something Old, Something New: Ruminations on Indian Chess/Pratapaditya Pal, Internationally Renowned Art Historian and General Editor Marg Publications
3. Shiva and Parvati at Play: Backgammon in Ancient India with a Note on Backgammon in Mughal India by Andrew Topsfield/Micaela Soar, Completing a Doctoral Thesis on the Temple Site of Ellora at SOAS. London
4. The Four Arm Race: The Indian Game of Pachisi or Chaupar/I.L. Finkel, Assistant Keeper, Department of the Ancient Near East, British Museum
5. Instant Karma: The Meaning of Snakes and Ladders/Andrew Topsfield
6. Ganjifa: India's Contribution to the World of Playing Cards/Jeff Hopewell, an Authority on Ganjifa
7. Treasure: The Mughal Game of Ganj/Simon Digby, Eminent Historian of India with Strong Interest in the Decorative Arts
8. Sheep against Tigers: Indian Hunt Game/I.L. Finkel
9. The Furniture of Play: Games Boards and Boxes/Amin Jaffrer, Curator, Asian Department V&A Museum, and Expert on Indian Furniture
10. Games and Puzzles of Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar of Mysore: "Broadcast them to the World"/Vasantha Rangachar, Head, Department of History, Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur (AP), Researching Treaties on Traditional Board Games
11. Some Mysore Games in British Collection/Andrew Topsfield
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The playing and enjoyment of games, whether Physical or sedentary, is a fundamental human activity, found in almost all societies. From earliest times, Successful Games have travelled freely between different Regions of the world, and some have long, intriguing Cultural histories. It is not commonly known that several of the world’s most popular board games were conceived in the Indian subcontinent, including Ludo, Snakes and Ladders, and not least chess, the greatest and most Universal board Game of all.

Gaming with dice and the playing of board games have had a major role in Indian culture since at least the 3rd Millennium bce, as shown by Archaeological finds and references in the Rig Veda, Mahabharata, and other texts. Game boards, pieces, dice, and playing cards also survive, particularly from the Mughal and British periods (c. 1560-1947). Many were made for courtly or wealthy patrons and are often richly decorated, while those used by the common people also reveal a vigorous and attractive Sense of design.

This is the first volume to describe great traditional Indian games in their cultural and Artistic aspects, Illustrated with paintings and Sculptures of games being played, and with fine examples of game boards, pieces, and playing cards from Museum and private collections.

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