I remember spending all my summers playing various games all day long! We were about 12-15 boys and girls of various ages living in a neighbourhood of 5 buildings and we lived to play! Lagori, Chor-Police, Dog-and-the-bone \u00a0& Dodge-ball were the all time favourite team games that were played in the little compounds of one building or another. When for some parent-enforced outings came in the way and reduced our group size, we\u2019d play badminton or just throw-ball.\nBut in the afternoons,\u00a0it was too hot to play outdoors, so after rushing back to play after lunch at our respective homes, when we\u2019d congregate again,\u00a0the parent-mafiosi would force us indoors into one home or another.\nThere we\u2019d sit on the floor and play card games.\u00a0Rummy, Seven-Eight, Two-Three-Five, Napolean, Bluff, Mendicote, 304 and more. All with just one or two packs of regular playing cards. Games of chance and strategy. Taught by older kids to the younger ones, all passing it forward into eternity. [or at least until the arrival of the smartphone].\nIn those day, for all of us, games or friends \u2013 two inseparably intertwined factors \u2013 were the reason for our existence. In our perception, food, sleep and all adults were just there to support our high-adrenalin beloved game-time with our friends!\nIf I could find the inventor of games, I\u2019d be happy to reward her with a quarter of the antique textiles in my collection in exchange for the blissful childhood received!!!\nAnd so Ganifa cards \u2013 playing cards after all \u2013 have a special place in my heart.\nSawantwadi was one of the important centres of production and usage of these \u2013 others being Mysore, Rajasthan and other places in the North.\nHere are some images of the Ganjifa in the Sawantwadi Palace.\n\u00a0\n\n\n\nAn effort is being made to keep the art alive even though the demand is almost non-existent except as \u201cfolk art\u201d rather than as functional card games.\n\nIf only I knew how to play the game \u2013 it might be a good alternative to the fast-paced UNO that we now play a lot!\nSee images of an antique Mughal Ganjifa in the woven souls collection set here.\u00a0\n\u00a0\njm\nMay 2018\n\u00a0\nThe post Ganjifa Playing Cards \u2013 Art of Sawantwadi appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.