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“This Book is an effort to address that vacuum”: Boria Majumdar at the Unveiling of ‘A History of Indian Sport Through 100 Artefacts’

By Ishani Roy Chowdhury: – A new illustrated book has facts, artifacts, and reports intertwined with stories from Indian sports.
May’2017, Kolkata: Historian, journalist and scholar Prof. Boria Majumdar today unveils his new book’A History of Indian Sport Through 100 Artefacts’at ITC Sonar in Association with HarperCollins India; Event Partner Fanatic Sports, an organisation always providing sports enthusiasts with exquisite sporting experiences like these, giving an individual a complete sporting venture from providing best of global ticketing services to luxury accommodation as well as stadium transfer and other bespoke travel services for eminent sport events taking the global sporting thrill to another league. To do the honors, present were dignitaries from the sports fraternity including P.Gopichand, Mahesh Bhupathi, Deepa Malik, Sourav Ganguly and sports cars and corporate leaders Sanjiv Goenka and Harshvardhan Neotia. The fame studded evening was taken forward by the author invite with the dignitaries. The eve was dedicated to a discussion on the theme: Indian Sports History and how this book has used 100 of the rarest sports Artefacts to bring alive that history and compile an extraordinary collection of tales like never-heard-before.
“To the many amateur collectors around the world who have contributed to this book
while not knowing they have done so”
Boria has dedicated this book to three of his closest friends, Raghav Gupta, one of the founding forces behind the Fantastic Sports Museum, Joyneel Mukherjee, Head of Communication, RPSG Group and Debabrata Mukherjee, VP Coca-Cola India for their contribution to promoting and dedicatedly serving Indian sports. When asked to Boria about his inspiration and passion to craft this book, he said “Artefacts are rarely given their due in India. But each of these artifacts celebrates achievements that have made our sport what it is. And each of them will inspire the future generation of sportsmen and women.”

Launching the book P.Gopichand Chief National Coach of Indian Badminton Team said, “Boria has always served Indian sport with distinction. He is one of the few scholars of sport in the country who knows and studies Olympic sport and has taught sporting history across the world. Having known him for years, I can comment on his dedication and wish him all success for this book.”
Mahesh Bhupathi- multiple grand slam winner stated, “Boria should be commended for his contribution to Indian sport. He has passionately and dedicatedly served sport for years now and this book is yet another effort that helps his work stand out.”
Deepa Malik, Paralympian and Rio silver medal winner said, “Boria has always been a standout scholar and journalist and each of us look up to this work. Hope he achieves much more and his intellectual rigor keeps him going.”
The other highpoint of the evening was when Boria with other dignitaries prior the book launch took, a tour to the Kolkata’s very own Fanatic Sports Museum. Sitting across the memorabilia preserved at FSM Deepa Malik said, “Unless we get inspired, how do we get energized to excel in the future? This is one such attempt to inspire.” Gopichand and Mahesh, impressed and delighted with what they saw presented the museum with an artifact each from their glorious careers. These will now be added to the museum’s collection.


Boria Majumdar, a Rhodes scholar, is a historian by training who went to St John’s College, Oxford University, to do a DPhil in the social history of Indian cricket in October 2000. His doctorate was published as Twenty-Two Yards to Freedom: A Social History of Indian Cricket in December 2004. He has taught at the universities of Chicago, Toronto and La Trobe where he was the first distinguished visiting fellow in 2005. He was also a visiting fellow at Trinity College, the University of Cambridge in 2009.



A History of Indian Sport through 100 Artefacts brings together never-before-seen objects —tickets, scorecards, telegrams, letters, newspaper reports — and facts from the annals of Indian sporting history. There is a wealth of tales and nuggets within these pages: the Mohun Bagan team defeating the East Yorkshire Regiment in 1911 to lift the IFA Shield, Ranji’s love poems for Mary Holmes, the 1932 cricket tour of England, India’s hockey exploits at the Olympics, Lata Mangeshkar’s special record in honour of the 1983 World Cup-winning Indian cricket team, and more. Contemporary history and legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Abhinav Bindra, Sania Mirza, Viswanathan Anand and the exploits at the ► Paraolympics 2016 to claim their space in this fascinating archive. Profusely illustrated and beautifully designed, this is a collector’s edition that no sports lover can resist.

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