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Rangachar Vasantha is a Professor and currently the Chairperson of the department of History at Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur, and Andhra Pradesh. Having taught Indological studies for two and a half decades, she has also developed an Art & archaeological and a folk art museum at Sri Krishnadevaraya University. Her Ph.D. work “THE NARAYANASVAMI TEMPLE AT MELKOTE- A HISTORICAL AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL STUDY” (Government of Karnataka, 1992) has been acclaimed internationally as of very high standard. She authored books which include FOLK ART AND CULTURE (Government of India, HRD, New Delhi, 1996); PENUGONDA FORT – A Defense capital of the Vijayanagara Empire – History, Art and Culture, (Sharada Publishing House, Delhi, 1999); NAVA-NARASIMHA TEMPLES AT AHOBILAM (Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams, Tirupathi, 2000); SYMMETRY AND PROPORTION IN INDIAN VASTU & SILPA, (D K Publishers 2004); ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE OF DECCAN, (Sharada Publishing House 2004). She was the recipient of DAAD, CWIT and OCHS fellowships.

Her area of interest extends to Indian board games and Chess. She has demonstrated in her research and talks that games and the playing of games are not at all simple objects of amusement but phenomena of high significance for cultural, political and even religious history. Her recent paper, “deciphering the board games invented by the Raja of Mysore”, unravels many puzzles, tricks and number patterns, which have tested the intellect of mathematicians for thousand of years. Her major scholarly research at present is the translation and critical edition of ‘Caturanga Sarasarvasvam’, encyclopedic manuscript on the Indian games by the King of Mysore, Krishanaraja Wodeyar III. She has also carried out important field work in researching games played in contemporary society, and has made a great number of important discoveries.

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