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Trace the development of sculpture in ancient and medieval India. Was religion the major influence behind sculptural art? Examine.

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

1. Trace the development of sculpture in ancient and medieval India. Was religion the major influence behind sculptural art? Examine. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: New Indian Express

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the need for protecting intangible heritage of India.

Directive word: 

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate 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: 

Begin by writing about the glorious and rich Indian sculpture.

Body:

In the first part, trace the development of Indian sculupture, divide your anser in to various time period starting from Indus Valley, Maruayn age, Post Mauryan age, Gupta age and Post Gupta age. Also, cover about the development of Sculpture in South India under the Pallavas, Cholas and Vijayanagar empire.

Next, mention about major themes in India sculptures – religious Buddhist, Jain and Hindu and also mention the development of secular sculptures. Substantiate with examples.

Conclusion:

Conclude by stating a balanced view of nature of sculpture in ancient and medieval India.