Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
1. Identify the basic elements of a Hindu temple in India. How are north Indian temples different from south? Discuss. (250 words)
Reference: Indian art and Culture by Nitin Singhania
Why the question:
The question is based on the art and architecture of Hindu temples in the country and the difference between the North and south variants of the same.
Key Demand of the question:
Explain the basic features of the Hindu temples in India and differentiate the two variants of it across the North and south.
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:
Start by explaining the basic forms of Hindu temple in the country.
Draw a diagram and explain the key features of a temple especially built by the Hindus. One way to bring out specific features is to provide a contrast with the temples built by others such as Jains, Sikhs etc. North – South is a very broad distinction. India has three types of temple architectures (broadly speaking). Nagara (between Himalayas and Vindyas), Dravida (South of Deccan) and Vesara (Deccan region). Differentiate the North and South styles. Give examples across the country.
Conclude with significance.