India is a land of diverse culture and its grand repository of ancient Indian cultural and natural treasures is of great significance to the history and civilization of the world. The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri in Agra, Humayun Tomb, Qutub Minar, the Konark Sun Temple, Khajuraho Temples, Mahabalipuram monuments, Brihadishwara Temple, Hampi Monuments, Ajanta and Ellora Caves are some of the monuments decleared as World Heritage Monuments. Besides these there are many Historically important temples, forts, palaces, stupas, mausoleums are scattered all over the country. There are total 911 heritage sites in the world and out of them 28 are in India.
Indian Music and Dance:
Indian Classical music is known for its soothing quality and intricacies. Well known musicians offer a plethora of instrumental extravaganzas right from jal-tarang of Kashmir to the mridang of Tamil- Nadu.
Foremost among the performing arts are India’s classical dances. In a spectacular solo or group display of swirling colour, gold ornaments and fluid movements, every dance form can be appreciated entirely for its visual appeal. Bharatnatyam dance, Odossi dance, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam – these as well as the several forms of classical dance that have their origins in various states across the country – all are a form of religious worship. Besides the classical school of music and dance there is a vast tradition of folk and dance.
folk dance and music
The story of Indian Painting begains with the art of the primitive man in rock shelters and caves. It has survived at many places like Hoshangabad, Mirzapur, and Bubetka. The earliest example of fine Indian painting tradition is found in Ajanta caves. The rural tradition continued with a less momentum in Chalukyan Badami caves (6th Century) The tradition continued in Kerala till the middle of the 18th Century.
The Manuscript paintings came from Bengal and Nepal, telling the stories of Buddha. With the coming of Mughals then emerged the several schools of miniature paintings, each having its own distinctive style. During the British rule, The East India Company commissioned Indian artists to paint picturesque landscapes in oil and water colours.