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Analyse the elements of continuity and change witnessed in the architecture of Mughals under Shahjahan.

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

1. Analyse the elements of continuity and change witnessed in the architecture of Mughals under Shahjahan. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

A monument of national importance, the Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. UNESCO describes it as a “masterpiece of architectural style in conception, treatment and execution”. This 17th century wonder is again at the centre of multiple narratives driven by ideologicy. In the process, history is being pushed into the shadows.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the changes and continuity in Mughal architecture under Shahjahan.

Directive word: 

Analyse – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Start by mentioning that the Mughal architecture reached new heights under Shahjahan.

Body:

Frist, write about the major changes witnessed in the architecture of Mughal under Shahjahan – Variety of buildings, Specific characteristic, embellishments, use of marble etc. Give examples for substantiate.

Next, write about the elements that remained the same and continued under Shahjahan.

Conclusion:

Conclude by mentioning due to above reasons Mughal architecture reached its zenith under Shahjahan.