Ramsons to launch booklet on Indian traditional board games in Germany today

Indian Traditional Board Games – A Guide to the Art of Play – a booklet jointly authored by R G Singh, H S Dharmendra will be launched at the 19th International Board Games Colloquium that will begin on April 12  at Nuremberg in Germany . 

The book is published by Ramsons Kala Pratishtana.

The German Games Archives, a member of the International Society for Board Games Studies, is the host of the 19th International Colloquium. The Colloquium will be inaugurated on April 12 and will conclude on April 16. More than 20,000 people from all over the EU Member countries are attending the five-day fiesta.

R G Singh who is the Honorary Secretary, Ramsons Kala Pratishtana (RKP) will be giving a talk on Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar’s magnum opus on chess and other board games, ‘Chaduranga Chakra’ at the Games Colloquium on April 13.

R G Singh will be accompanied by H S Dharmendra, Curator and Art Historian, RKP.  H S (Raghu) Dharmendra will be interacting with artists in Nuremberg and Belgium with a view to exhibiting their works in Mysuru and works of artists from Mysuru in these places. According to Raghu Dharmendra it is proposed to establish a gallery of contemporary art with stress on artists from across the continent.

A display kiosk will also be set and will display several traditional board games that symbolise the ethos of Kreeda Kaushalya.

Referring to the ‘Chaduranga Chakra’ written by Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar R G Singh says: “It is a rare compendium of several games and variations of the game of chess and expositions of several other games as well. The script is in elegant, poetic and ornate Kannada. It is in the Chaturanga Chakra that one comes across the famous Knight’s Magic tour that has intrigued board game theoreticians across the world.  The manuscript is in the rare books repository of the Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies, Mysore University.

The International Board Games Colloquium is an annual event and is hosted by a different country of the EU including Great Britain and the United States. 

This multi-cultural event is attended by scholars, museum curators, historians, authors, game inventors, collectors and university professors. 

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