Monday, May 2, 2016

Boardgames booklet released at Nuremberg

Jorge Nuno Silva released the booklet 'Indian Traditional Boardgames - A Guide to the Art of Play' published by Ramsons Kala Pratishtana, on 13 April 2016 at the 19 International Board Game Studies Colloquium at Nuremberg. Mr. Silva is a mathematician and professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Lisbon (UL), Portugal. He teaches history of board games at UL, is the President of Ludus Association, and organizer of BGS colloquia in 2008 and 2013.

Jorge Nuno Silva is seen releasing the booklet
Front cover of the booklet

Back cover of the booklet with a brief blurb
80 pages - all colour
Copiously illustrated

Rules for 21 games

The booklet, ‘Indian Traditional Board Games – A Guide to the Art of Play’ published by Ramsons Kala Pratishtana is a window to the fascinating world of traditional board games that have been played across the country in countless homes, temple courtyards and wherever people gathered.

The book is lavishly illustrated by specially commissioned paintings.  A history of board games, an introduction to the Master of Board Games, Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar and an excursion to the world of temples within whose precincts are scores of designs of board games etched in stone are major chapters in the book. The guide to play section tells you how to play the game using easily understandable diagrams and instructions. Enjoy!

This booklet is available for sale at 'Handicrafts Sales Emporium', Mysuru.

Sri N. Shashidhar, Treasurer, Crafts Council of Karnataka, Bengaluru had this to tell about this booklet...
            "Dear Sri RG Singh,
I happen to see the publication brought out by you on Board Games in Sri MV Narayana Rao's Sir house. I want to Congratulate all the members responsible for bringing out an excellent publication.
I personally feel proud that we have  a publication of an international standard. The lay out, visuals used and the excellent write-up and the presentation everything has added value to make the publication an outstanding one."

Sri L. Nellaiappan, former officer in the Department of Handicrafts, Tamil Nadu, is our Trust's advisor. Following are his comments about the booklet...
            "...Congratulations for the accomplishment of a well designed and cherished content of a good book on board games. You people have taken really to great heights the traditional board games."

Sri Vijayanath Shenoy, Secretary, Hasta Shilpa Trust, Manipal, commented on the booklet as follows...
            "Dear Sri R.G. Singh,
This booklet contains a wealth of information about almost all the traditional Board Games in India; and, I do not think that there is any book of this kind ever published in India. This is a rich reference work for all research scholars of traditional Board Games in future. I wish to congratulate you and your co-authors for the service that you have rendered to Indian culture by way of bringing out this purposeful volume."


Tulip Sinha said...

Hi. I would like to congratulate you all for this amazing endeavour. Being an art-craft enthusiast and designer myself, I would really want to have a copy of this book. It will be aid in furthering my research on board game traditions in the forever evolving world. Kindly let me know how I can have access to this book.

Thank you
Tulip Sinha

Vaughn Reynolds said...

How does someone in the United States order 'Indian Traditional Board Games – A Guide to the Art of Play'? Please email me at vaughn [at] -- thank you so much!


Hiiii,what a splendid work ,,Indian is a land of traditional games most of the modern games have their roots in our traditional games like pachisi,chopat,asthapadam,gyan choupar etc..great work
Congrats to team.
Thank you
Naresh kumar

Souvik said...

Hi, this is extremely interesting. Please keep up the good work. Would it be possible to talk more about your book?

Tulip Sinha said...


I was wanting to know once again, as to how one can have access to this wonderful compilation. Kindly let me know, so that it can aid in my research work in this area, as mentioned earlier.


Unknown said...

Hi, where can I buy this book- Indian Traditional Boardgames, A Guide to The Art of Play. Thank you.