Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
2) Describing the significance of Stupas, trace its evolution under Ashoka and later rulers.(250 words)
Indian Art and culture by Nitin Singhania
Why this question:
The question is straightforward and is about discussing the significance of Stupas in the architectural history of India.
Key demand of the question:
Answer seeks to trace the evolution of Stupas in Mauryan and post Mauryan period.
Structure of the answer:
Start by addressing the first part of the answer that is by describing the significance of the Stupas.
Draw a tough sketch of the Stupa with its essential attributes being labeled.
First part of the body should talk about Stupas under Ashoka and Mauryan age. Their essential features, their material cultures, the reasons to be constructed and the places they were constructed must be addressed. The mention of Stupas in various literary works of that period can also be written about.
The next part should address the Stupa construction activity under later rulers. The changes seen from Asoka times must be clearly highlighted in features, material cultures etc. The mention of Stupas in various literary works of that period can also be written about.
Conclusion say how Stupas architecture was one of the most well defined of that age.