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Religion has such a deep imprint on Indian art, that often entire Indian art is dismissed as religious only; however, there is no dearth of secular art. Elaborate.

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

1. Religion has such a deep imprint on Indian art, that often entire Indian art is dismissed as religious only; however, there is no dearth of secular art. Elaborate. (250 words)

Reference: Indian art and culture by Nitin Singhania

Why the question:

The question is based on the Art and culture of the country and in what way it is secular and not just religious.

Key Demand of the question:

One has to discuss influence of religion on Indian art and substantiate that however it is not the only driving factor and Indian art is equally secular.

Directive:

Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly present some key facts reporting the influence of religion over the Indian Art.

Body:

In the answer body move on to dismiss the fact that Indian culture is purely religious by presenting the facts related to Secular art. On its way to modern times, Indian art has had cultural influences (Indus valley and Hellenistic) as well as religious influences such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Present examples to justify your answer such as – The rock cut architecture and art in India mainly focused on natural elements.

The paintings in these sites like barabar caves, Bhimbetka commonly depicted scenes of human life alongside animals, and hunts with stone implements.

During Indus valley civilization there were animal depictions, religious depictions like

Pasupathi etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude with importance of Indian secular Art and how often it is misunderstood as only religious.