Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
3) The Mughal style evolved as a result of a happy synthesis of the indigenous Indian style of painting and the Safavid school of Persian painting. It is primarily aristocratic and secular. Discuss. (250 Words)
Why this question?
It’s in our list of topics. Question is asked as it’s interesting to learn that Mughal painting was secular. UPSC has not asked questions like this. It may ask – we never know.
Key demand of the question:
firstly, write few points on the given statement – how it’s synthesis of the indigenous Indian style of painting and the Safavid school of Persian painting. Secondly, write why it’s considered as aristocratic and secular.
Discuss– Question itself has many dimensions – all dimensions should be discussed with examples and opinion wherever necessary.
Structure of Answer:
In the introduction, write significance of Mughal painting (don’t repeat words in the question in introduction)
In the body, in 3-4 Mains parts address question’s demand. These parts are: Synthesis of two styles(divide further into 2-3 parts); Aristocratic; Secular etc.
In the conclusion, write how these Mughal paintings have had influence on future schools of art.
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