Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
1. Comment on the unique features of Vesara tradition of Indian Hindu temple architecture that distinguished it from Dravida and Nagara styles.(250 words)
Reference: Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania
Why this question:
The question is from the static portions of GS paper I and is based on the temple architecture aspects of ancient and medieval India.
Key demand of the question:
Explain the unique features of Vesara tradition of Indian Hindu temple architecture that distinguished it from Dravida and Nagara styles.
Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon
Structure of the answer:
Briefly explain the coming of different styles of temple architecture in India.
The Vesara Style is hybrid temple architecture. It has features of both the Nagara and Dravidian Style of Temple architecture. As we know that the Nagara Style is prevalent in North and Central India Dravidian Style is prevalent in South India. Discuss the architectural details with suitable examples; explain in detail how it differentiated itself from the other styles of temple architecture in the country.
Conclude with importance of these various styles of architecture.