Topic– Salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
2) The Rajput style of architecture and paintings assimilated the regional influences but at the same time maintained their individuality, through the course of time. Comment.(250 words)
Comment- here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to form an overall opinion on whether the Rajput style of architecture and paintings assimilated the regional influences but at the same time maintained their individuality during all the years when they come in contact with such regional influences- Mughals, Deccan, British etc. we have to form our opinion based on our arguments/ facts/ examples in the discussion.
Structure of the answer
Introduction- Write a few lines about the centuries long association of the Rajput culture with the Mughal style, Deccan style, British style, indigenous hilly styles etc.
- Discuss about architecture and how it maintained its individuality but incorporated other regional influences as well. E.g the great Rajput forts and palaces which were originally built for safety of the royal family and the village; Under Mughal influence these forts increased in magnificence and splendor, became more spacious, incorporated white marble, marble inlays; but the basic theme of the fort remained almost same- temple, mardana, zenana (from Mughal style) etc; mention the deccan influence on southern Rajasthan architecture and the Indo-Saracenic architecture developed due to British influence but the walls were stoutly built and defensive in character etc.
- Discuss about paintings- e.g mention the pre-Mughal bold drawings, simplified designs and color schemes which were continued in western and southern parts of Rajputana; mention the Mughal influence in terms of development of portraiture paintings, floral designs but also maintaining their themes, conventions of color and of landscape figures; mention Pahari paintings with similar themes and color schemes but influenced by local hilly traditions etc.
Conclusion- Based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.