Information Of Indian Culture Biography
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.
he Culture of India is one of the oldest in the world . India has managed to preserve its established traditions throughout history whilst absorbing customs, traditions and ideas from both invaders and immigrants. Many cultural practices, languages, customs and monuments are examples of this co-mingling over centuries. In modern India, there is remarkable cultural diversity throughout the country. The South, North, and North-East have their own distinct cultures and almost every state has carved out its own cultural niche. In spite of the diversity, a common thread as one civilization perhaps because of its common history binds it. Indian culture and religions had great impact on its immediate neighbors, South East Asia and beyond. Indian influences are still very strong in Thai, Malay, Singaporean, Indonesian, Laotian, Khmer, Burmese, Tibetan, Mongolian cultures and many more. India has been the birth place of many major relegious systems such as Hinduism, Sikhism, Ayyavazhi, Buddhism and Jainism, that are strong and influential not only in India but across the world.Topics for discussion would include family-oriented themes beginning with yourself – marital status, parents, grandparents, spouse, siblings, children etc.; your educational background, where you grew up and/or the country you come from. Indians enjoy cricket, soccer, field hockey and many other local sports. A Canadian could speak about ice hockey, baseball, canoeing, skiing, and so on. Other neutral topics would be about the Canadian wilderness - hiking and trekking trails and parks, wild life, flora and fauna. Music is often an excellent topic - Canadian/Western music. Most city dwellers enjoy both Indian and Western music. In a rural setting people will be familiar with folk music, dance and songs.
Food is another excellent topic for discussion; however, first find out from your host or hostess whether or not they are vegetarian before getting into discussions about your summer barbeque favourites. Meat and discussions about it could be offensive to a vegetarian.
Topics best avoided until you know your hostess or host well would be issues surrounding religion, politics, class/caste, poverty, health care and pollution for very obvious reasons. Firstly, you might not know your host’s political, religious affiliations or class/caste and secondly, subjects such as poverty and pollution could be interpreted as condescending.
Family is very important to Indians. The social fabric of India is woven around the extended family. This is a great topic of discussion. In many cases Indians working in key urban centres have come there from villages in rural areas or from smaller cities.
Questions about where people are from, where their family including extended family is residing are common. Marriage is also central to the social fabric of Indians. Be prepared to have others ask you if you are married (lagan), particularly if you are a woman and have completed your studies. Asking lots of questions to get to know others is very common.
The caste structure systematically determines the occupation and work of Hindus (which comprise of the major religion in India). Asking what caste someone belongs is not appropriate, given the risk that they may be from a lower caste. However, asking about someone’s work or occupation is acceptable. It is probably best also not to ask if someone is Muslim or Hindu, as tensions amongst these groups have recently heightened once again. In addition, avoid discussions about the tensions in Kashmir as well as between India and neighbouring Pakistan.