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The Vijayanagar architecture represents a distinctive and remarkable phase in the history of Indian art and architecture. Comment.

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

1. The Vijayanagar architecture represents a distinctive and remarkable phase in the history of Indian art and architecture. Comment. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate.

Reference: Indian ExpressInsights on India

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the influences on Vijayanagar architecture and its nature.

Why the question:

A portion of the Virupaksha temple in Karnataka collapsed following torrential rains.

Directive word: 

Comment– here we must express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by mentioning the Vijayanagar rulers were great patrons of art and architecture.

Body:

First, Mention the various features of Vijayanagar architecture and their progress – Vijayanagar temples are surrounded by strong enclosures and characterized by ornate pillared kalyanamandapa (marriage halls); tall rayagopurams (carved monumental towers at the entrance of the temple) built of wood, brick, and stucco in the Chola style; and adorned with life-sized figures of gods and goddesses.

Next, write about the unique features of Vijayanagar architecture and other influences on it such as Portuguese and Islamic influences.

Conclusion:

Conclude by commenting on the overall nature of architecture of Vijayanagar.