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Medieval Indian Architecture is a synthesis of indigenous styles and external influences that has lent it a unique characteristic of its own. Examine.

Topic:  Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

2. Medieval Indian Architecture is a synthesis of indigenous styles and external influences that has lent it a unique characteristic of its own. Examine.(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 refers to Medieval Indian architecture and the external influences that led to its unique characters.

Key demand of the question:

Explain in detail how the Medieval Indian Architecture is a synthesis of indigenous styles and external influences.

Directive:

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Give a brief introduction of medieval Indian architecture.

Body:

To start with, explain that Medieval Indian architecture accommodated the local and regional cultural traditions and social requirements, economic prosperity, and religious practice of the time. Indian architecture is a synthesis of indigenous styles and external influences which has lent it a unique characteristic of its own. The medieval period saw the synthesis of Persian and indigenous styles of architecture. List the variety of structures constructed at that time. Give examples to justify better.

Conclusion:

Conclude that the historic structures ranging from military structures, mortuary, royal courts, mosques, temples showcased the entire range of structures that catered to life in the medieval period in India.