Tuesday May 22, 2018

Ganjifa, an Indian Card Game is revived by Sunish Chabba of Sydney, Australia

The Sydney resident considers the game as an important revival technique for making Indian ideas reach to millions

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  • Ganjifa is known to exist in the times of European renaissance in the land of Persia
  • The initiator attempts to get off the concept of revival and bring in a combination of form and function
  • The Dashavatara form is recognised in the west being sold in the west as modern paintings

Sunish Chabba an inhabitant of Sydney has tried to rebuild the lost Indian Card game. Ganjifa, an ancient form of playing cards in India, is inspired by the mythological figures of the country. It has religious connotations and is making comeback through kickstarter, which is considered the best platform for crowdfunding throughout the globe.

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  • It is believed that the game existed in the 17th century “as an idea for a design challenge to revive lost or almost forgotten traditional arts & crafts (of India) while pursuing a course on Design thinking/Human-Centred Design.”
  • The initiator attempts to get off the concept of revival and bring in a combination of form and function. However, he aspires this mythological realm to regain its lost identity.
  • Ganjifa is known to exist in the times of European renaissance in the land of Persia. The game reached to many parts of India acquiring new forms. The Dashavatara Ganifa is the most popular one played in most of the south-Indian states. It is based on the different reincarnations of Lord Vishnu.
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  • Ganjifa-kishor.com states that: In Maharashtra and Orissa, it was a widespread Brahmin pastime. A later Brahmin rationalization of this pursuit was the notion that the performance of the game is pleasing to God. Around 1885 Hari Krishna Venkataramana argued that by playing the Vishnu memoriser game, sins are washed away. It is said in the Bhapwatam that by invoking the name of Vaikuntha by gestures and even by way of joking or abuse, sins are made to wash away. If the name of God is used during the game saying “your Rama did this” or your Brahma did that” or “your Narasimha lost and my Matsya won” then, by this repetion of God’s name sins are remitted. “

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  • The Dashavatara form is recognised in the west being sold in the west as modern paintings. Thus, Sunish has created a programme to bring it into the vogue. The project addresses collectors, card players, artists, Indian mythology and history enthusiasts or students.
  • The project is to make every effort in making the art form familiar by designing  a deck of 130 cards illustrated with various mythological figures  and Madhubani paintings.
  • It claims highest quality standards on a premium Casino graded card stock making it a true collector’s delight and pledges worldwide free shipping.
  • With the funding goal with Kickstarter Sunish will be able to run his first stock in print. The campaign is planned to wrap up by the 21st of June. One can visit the following for a greater knowledge: Guru Ganjifa – A Beautiful deck of Playing Cards
  • One can also help Guru Ganifa, the project, by contributions starting from $1 AUD. The entrepreneur, Sunish can be reached at guruplayingcards@gmail.com for any other queries about the campaign.

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About Kickstarter: “Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform that helps bring creative projects to life. Think of Kickstarter as a place where you can help support a project like this and in return you are offered a series of rewards depending on your pledge. Once you’ve chosen what type of reward you would like to receive, Kickstarter will ask you to register in order to record your pledge. They will safely set up your payment but you will ONLY be billed at the end of the campaign IF this project reaches its funding goal. Remember, if the project isn’t fully funded during our Kickstarter campaign, you won’t be charged a dime (and, unfortunately, the deck won’t be published). You can always go back and change or cancel your reward level before the campaign ends.

by Megha Sharma, a freelance contributor at NewsGram. Twitter: meghash06510344

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Kickstarter is a really good platform to promote your ideas. It encourages all ideas and helps you propagate them through.

  • AJ Krish

    With many more games of our past coming to light, our culture is in a way being revived.It seems that people are looking into the past for ideas and that is music to my ears.

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The ability to focus on detail, a common trait among people with autism, allowed realistic art to flourish 30,000 years ago during the ice age, according to researchers. Ice age ancestors have created exceptionally realistic art including the extremely accurate depictions of bears, bison, horses, and lions.

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The ability to focus on detail, a common trait among people with autism, allowed realistic art to flourish 30,000 years ago during the ice age, according to researchers.

Ice age ancestors have created exceptionally realistic art including the extremely accurate depictions of bears, bison, horses and lions.

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While many have argued that psychotropic drugs were behind the detailed illustrations, the new study argued instead that individuals with “detail focus” — a trait linked to autism, kicked off an artistic movement that led to the proliferation of realistic cave drawings across Europe.

“Detail focus is what determines whether you can draw realistically; you need it in order to be a talented realistic artist. This trait is found very commonly in people with autism and rarely occurs in people without it,” said lead author Penny Spikins from Britain’s University of York.

“We looked at the evidence from studies attempting to identify a link between artistic talent and drug use and found that drugs can only serve to disinhibit individuals with a pre-existing ability. The idea that people with a high degree of detail focus, many of which may have had autism, set a trend for extreme realism in ice age art is a more convincing explanation,” Spikins added.

The research adds to a growing body of evidence that people with autistic traits played an important role in human evolution.

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“Individuals with this trait — both those who would be diagnosed with autism in the modern day and those that wouldn’t — likely played an important part in human evolution and survival as we colonized Europe,” Spikins said.

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Besides, contributing to early culture, people with the attention to detail would also have had the focus to create complex tools from materials such as bone, rock and wood, the study showed.

“These skills became increasingly important in enabling us to adapt to the harsh environments we encountered in Europe,” Spikins noted. (IANS)