January Activity – Incredible India – Information Handout for the Students
India is a land of veritable treasures, at once interesting to the tourist as well as to an enquiring student of Indian architecture. India has been the birthplace of three major religions of the world - Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism; these have inspired most of her art. India's artistic traditions are ancient and deeply rooted in religion. While at various times in her long history, foreign races and cultures exercised some influence on Indian art forms, the main aesthetic currents remained predominantly Indian.
In India, various facets of Performing Arts are all-pervading bringing colour and joy to numerous festivals and ceremonies, and reaffirming the faith of the people in their heritage. These facets have been responsible for sustaining the long continuities of ancient traditions. They are the link between the past and the present. It thus exemplifies the complex, organic interaction of all aspects of life implicit in all tribal and folk-art forms; art is not seen as something apart from life, a mere ornamentation or entertainment, but as an intrinsic part of it.
Indian literature includes everything which is included in the word ‘literature’ in the broadest sense: religious and mundane, epic and lyric, dramatic and didactic poetry, narrative and scientific prose, as well as oral poetry and song. In the Vedas (3000 BC-1000 BC), when one finds such expressions, “I am standing in water but I am very thirsty”, one marvels at the continuity of a rich heritage which is both modern and traditional. It is, therefore, not very correct to say that ancient Indian literature includes only the religious classics of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
Padma Shri Awards
You can refer to this link -> https://padmaawards.gov.in/PDFS/2021AwardeesList.pdf. Check how many of these award winners (in the Art section) are from your state. You can read more about them and their work.
Video 1: https://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/in -> There are many short 2-3 minute videos on each on the World Heritage Sites in India. You can click on the site name and read about it.
Video 2: Bharat Ek Khoj - > A series by Doordarshan. If you are interested in getting an in-depth understanding of the culture of India and its different states, we recommend you watch this series.