Art and Culture

Art and Culture

Art Forms
Previous year questions

  1. Gandhara sculpture owed as much to the Romans as to the Greeks. Explain. (2014)
  2. Discuss the Tandava dance as recorded in the early Indian inscriptions (2013)
  3. What are the groups into which musical instruments in India have traditionally been classified? (2012)

RAG Topics

 

 

  1. Types of folk arts (painting, music, dance and theatre)
  2. Miniature Painting
  3. Mural Painting
  4. Neo art movement
  5. Steps to promote traditional art forms
  6. Wall Painting

 

  1. South Indian Art
  2. Harappan Art(+Seals)
  3. Pre-historic painting
  4. Rajput vs Mughal art
  5. Buddhist art
  6. Indian puppetry
  7. Unglazed pottery

 

  1. Mauryan Art
  2. Gupta Art
  3. Sculpture: Gandhara, Mathura and Amaravati
  4. Flute playing Krishna
  5. Classical Dance
  6. Hindustani vs Carnatic music
  7. Theater forms
  8. Musical instruments of India

Quick bytes

  1. In Art, Man reveals himself not his objects

Practice questions

  1. While bringing out their salient features, distinguish between either ‘Madhubani’ Art and ‘Manjusha’ Art or ‘Rajasthani’ schools of painting and the ‘Pahari’ school of painting.
  2. Traditional theatre forms incorporate not only the common man’s interests but there is also a classical element in them. Explain with example

Religion and Literature
Previous year questions

  1. Sufis and medieval mystic saints failed to modify either the religious ideas and practices or the outward structure of Hindu / Muslim societies to any appreciable extent. Comment. (2014)
  2. Though not very useful from the point of view of a connected political history of South India, the Sangam literature portrays the social and economic conditions of its time with remarkable vividness. Comment. (2013)
  3. Comment on the significant of fire in Zorozstrianism. (2012)

RAG Topics

 

 

  1. Women Poets of Bhakti
  2. Bodhisattva
  3. Lingayats
  4. Jallikattu

 

  1. Arya Samaj
  2. Dharma and Rita of Vedic Civilization
  3. Pali and Prakrit Literature
  4. Types of literary awards and their significance
  5. Heraka movement

 

  1. Judaism
  2. Sangam period
  3. Sculpture: Gandhara, Mathura and Amaravati

Quick bytes

  1. India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most astrictive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only! ~~ Mark Twain (American writer)

Practice questions

  1. Distinguish between two strands (Saguna and Nirguna) of Bhakti cult.

Architecture
Previous year questions

  1. Mesolithic rock cut architecture of India not only reflects the cultural life of the times but also a tine aesthetic sense comparable to modern painting. Critically evaluate this comment.(2015)
  2. To what extent has the urban planning and culture of the Indus Valley Civilization provided inputs to the present day urbanization? Discuss.(2014)
  3. Chola architecture represents a high watermark in the evolution of temple architecture. Discuss.(2013)
  4. Why is Lauric Baker called ‘the conscience keeper of Indian architecture’? (2012)

RAG Topics

 

 

  1. Cave Architecture
  2. European influence on Indian Architecture
  3. Issue of Indian stolen artefacts

 

  1. Architecture in Medieval India
  2. Dravidian Architecture
  3. Conserving Indian Museums

 

  1. Archaeological Survey of India (Role, Responsibility and Reforms)
  2. Nagara/Vesara/Dravida
  3. Hindu vs Buddhist architecture

Quick bytes

  1. Architecture is the frozen music.

Practice questions

  1. With respect to Smuggling India’s Antiquities, existing measures to protect India’s rich heritage have proven to be woefully inadequate. Discuss

Misc
Previous year questions

  1. How do you justify the view that the level of excellence of the Gupta numismatic art is not at all noticeable in later times? (2017)
  2. The ancient civilization in Indian sub-continent differed from those of Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece in that its culture and traditions have been preserved without a breakdown to the present day. Comment (2015)

RAG Topics

 

 

  1. Cultural vs Natual heritage (UNESCO)
  2. Spread of Indian Culture
  3. Story of Khadi

 

  1. Significance of Kumbh Fair
  2. Protection of Aniquities and Art Treasure

 

  1. Guru shishya parampara

Quick bytes

  1. Per the Indian Flag Code, laws that govern the usage of flags in India, khadi is the only material allowed to be used for the flag. If a flying flag is made with any other material, the offense is punishable by law with imprisonment up to three years plus a fine.

Practice questions

  1. Calling Yoga Indian is like calling Gravitation European. Comment
  2. Discuss the constitutional provisions related to the protection and promotion of Indian culture and heritage?

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