Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
1. Although the sub-schools of Rajput style of paintings were geographically close, they significantly varied in their execution and development of pictorial styles. Discuss. (250 words)
Difficulty level: Moderate
Reference: Insights on India
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 main style and themes of Rajput (Rajasthani) School and its main centers.
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:
Write in brief about aesthetics of Rajput paintings and their origins.
In the first part, write about the main style and themes that are depicted in the paintings. Elements depicted, colors used, notable genre and any other important features.
Next, write about the major centers where it flourished – Mewar School, Bundi school and Kishangarh school. Write about their important features.
Conclude by highlighting their special place in the artistic history of India.