INDIAN PAINTING

Indian painting has a very long tradition and history in Indian art. The earliest Indian paintings were the rock paintings of pre-historic times, the petroglyphs as found in places like Bhimbetka, some of them from before 5500 BC.

Cave paintings from Ajanta, Bagh, Ellora and Sittanavasal and temple paintings testify to a love of naturalism. Most early and medieval art in India is Hindu, Buddhist or Jain. A freshly made coloured flour design (Rangoli) is still a common sight outside the doorstep of many (mostly South Indian) Indian homes. Raja Ravi Varma is one the classical painters from medieval India.
Raj-put painting,
Pattachitra,
Madhubani painting,
Mysore painting,
Tanjore painting,
Mughal painting
are some notable Genres of Indian Art; while Nandalal Bose, M. F. Husain, S. H. Raza, Geeta Vadhera,Jamini Roy and B.Venkatappa are some modern painters. Am ong the present day artists, AtulDodiya, Bose Krishnamacnahri, Deva-jyoti Ray and Shibu Natesan represent a new era of Indian art where global art shows direct amalgamation with Indian classical styles.These recent artists have acquired international recognition. Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, Mysore Palace has on display a few good Indian paintings.

INDIAN FESTIVALS

National Festivals
Gandhi Jayanti
Independence Day
Republic Day

Hindu Festivals
Buddha Jayanti
Diwali
Durga Puja
Dussehra
Ganesh Chaturthi
Holi
Janmashtami
Karwa Chauth
Maha Shivaratri
Mahavir Jayanti
Onam
Pongal
Rakhi Festival
Ram Navami

Muslim Festivals
Bakri-Id
Barah Wafat
Id-ul-Fitr

Christian Festivals
Christmas
Easter
Good Friday

Sikh Festivals
Holla Mohalla
Vaisakhi
martyrdom guru Arjan
Bandi Chhor Diwas (Diwali)
Guru Nanak Gurpurab

INDIAN DANCE

InClassical dance in India has developed a type of dance-drama that is a form of a total theater. The dancer acts out a story almost exclusively through gestures. Most of the classical dances enact stories from Hindu mythology.Each form represents the culture and ethos of a particular region or a group of people.

The criteria for being considered as classical is the style’s adherence to the guidelines laid down in Natyashastra, which explains the Indian art of acting.

The Sangeet Natak Akademi currently confers classical status on eight Indian classical dance styles:

 Bharatanatyam (Tamil Nadu),

 Kathak (North India),

 Kathakali (Kerala), 

Kuchipudi (Andhra Pradesh),

 Manipuri (Manipur),

 Mohiniyattam (Kerala),

 Odissi (Odisha),

 Sattriya (Assam).

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INDIAN CLOTHING

Indian clothing is closely identified with the colorful silk saris worn by many of the country’s women. The traditional clothing for men is the dhoti, an unstitched piece of cloth about 5 yards long that is tied around the waist and legs. Men also wear a kurta, a loose shirt that is worn about knee-length. For special occasions, men wear a sherwani, which is a long coat that is buttoned up to the collar and down to the knees.

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sa prathama sanskrati vishvavara

The culture of India is among the world’s oldest, reaching back about 5,000 years. Many sources describe it as “Sa Prathama Sanskrati Vishvavara” — the first and the supreme culture in the world. India is a very diverse country, and different regions have their own distinct cultures. Language, religion, food and the arts are just some of the various aspects of Indian culture. Here is a brief overview of the culture of India.