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The caves of ancient and medieval ages give us a glance of different art and architectural styles of different periods and religions. Elaborate.

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

1. The caves of ancient and medieval ages give us a glance of different art and architectural styles of different periods and religions. Elaborate. (250 words)

Reference: Indian art and culture by Nitin Singhania.

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the variations in architectural styles according to change in time as well religions.

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:

Write in brief about the various form of cave architecture witnessed right from the Stone Age.

Body:

In detail, chronologically bring out the evolution of cave architecture in ancient and medieval India.

Primitive art of Stone Age and the locations where it is found.

Cave art and architecture of with the start of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism during the initial period, their features and evolution over period of time. Mention the examples of the same.

The relics, motifs, murals and sculptures of the caves not only enlighten us with a lot of information of those ancient times giving us an impression of various traditions, customs and lifestyles followed by the inhabitants but also illustrate considerable accomplishment with regard to structural engineering and artistry of those times.

Conclusion:

Write about how caves today attract thousands of tourists and architectural enthusiasts round the year.