Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
1. Discuss the contributions of Muslim Rulers in the development of Indian architecture. (250 words)
Reference: Indian art and culture by Nitin Singhania
Why the question:
The question is straightforward and there isn’t much to dwell but to directly enlist the contributions of Muslim Rulers in the development of Indian architecture.
Key Demand of the question:
One must in detail appreciate the contributions of Muslim Rulers to the Indian architecture and its development.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
In short highlight the evolution of Indian architecture.
Explain first the onset of Muslim rulers in India, discuss in what way they started to contribute to the Indian architecture. One can emphasize on rule of Mughal Dynasty from the 16th to 18th century extensively displays art forms, architectural styles that developed vigorously around that time. Then discuss the key features such as Persian and Indian styles were intelligently fused to create the works of quality and precision during their reign. Discuss the details of architecture with example ranging from forts to mosques to minarets. Give examples of key architectural marvels such as Taj Mahal etc, Qutub minar etc.
Conclude with importance of such contributions and their relevance even today.