"If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India!"
Romaine Rolland (French Shcolar)
With the rise of humanity, came into existence the great Indian civilization that still stands strong and firm in the face of change all around. An intricate set of images, of magnificent Taj Mahal, grand temples, crowded streets and ever smiling people, swarms your mind the moment you think of India.
The most vibrant aspect of Indian Culture is its treasure of arts and architecture. Whether they are the paintings or performing arts, there is nothing that parallels them anywhere in the world. Indian art and architecture prior to colonization has been the strong impact of folk idioms and folk art on courtly art. Although folk art was not seen as a respectable profession during the period of colonization, independence brought forward a renewed interest in folk paintings.
Indian Arts and Crafts
Indian art has always been religious in its themes and developments; and one needs to have some knowledge about different religions in India to completely appreciate the beauty and excellence of these paintings. The skills trickled down from one generation to another, incorporating changes that made them more up to date.
The most visible symbols of glorious Indian history are the many grand architectural monuments that were built by kings and dynasties that once ruled India. Scattered in entire India, there is no one place which could be pin pointed as having the most or the best. The achievements of Indian civilization in its architecture, extends to a great deal more than the Taj Mahal or the temple complexes of Khajuraho and Hampi. Though the Indus Valley sites of Harappa, Mohenjo-daro, and Lothal provide substantial evidence of extensive town planning, the beginnings of Indian architecture are more properly to be dated to the advent of Buddhism in India, in the reign of Ashoka (c. 270-232), and the construction of Buddhist monasteries and stupas. Buddhist architecture was predominant for several centuries, and there are few remains of Hindu temples from even late antiquity. Among the many highlights of Buddhist art and architecture, the Great Stupa at Sanchi and the rock-cut caves at Ajanta stand out.
Dances of India
India offers a number of classical dance forms, each of which can be traced to different parts of the country. Each form represents the culture and ethos of a particular region or a group of people. There are many types of dance in India, from those which are deeply religious in content to those which are danced on more trivial happy occasions.
Religions in India
India as a country India is home to Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and other innumerable religious traditions. Hinduism is the dominant faith, practiced by over 80% of the population. Besides Hindus, Muslims are the most prominent religious group and are an integral part of Indian society. Judaism, Christianity, Zoroastrianism and Bahaism also have their followers in India but they are very small in number.
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