Topic: Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of Art forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
1) The art of storytelling through paintings reached its zenith during Mughal Period in India. Elucidate with suitable examples. (250 words)
Class XI NCERT Medieval India
Why this question:
The question is about discussing the prevalent art forms especially the paintings during the Mughal period.
Key demand of the question:
The question expects us to analyse how the art of storytelling was made relevant with the coming of painting styles during the Mughal periods in India.
Elucidate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
Begin with brief introduction on paintings during the Mughal period.
- Discuss the coming of storytelling through paintings in India – how it started, when and where – Story telling through paintings has been an established art form in India. We find many examples of Ramayana and Mahabharata depicted in the form of continuous paintings, for example in Patachitra of Odisha.
- Similarly, Jataka stories of Buddha are also found in paintings of Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra.
- Though this art form already existed in India, but Mughals with their rich colors and more realistic paintings took this art to its pinnacle.
- Then move onto explain Mughal era paintings and their significance.
Conclude with importance.