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Indian Art

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Aneri Nagrecha

on 2 June 2010

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Transcript of Indian Art

Indian Art Cultural Connection Art in India started mainly around the 3rd millennium BC. There are four periods in Indian art:
1. Ancient Period (mainly of carvings)
2. Islamic Period (Mughal Empire)
3. Colonial Period (British Rule)
4. Independence Period (After Independence and till present day) Ancient art was mainly carvings and idols shown in many temples as decorations or the idol of God itself. The Mughal Period art consisted
of very geometric architecture and
a lot of paintings of the ruling families. The
geometric architecture is due to the math
emphasized during that time in the Islamic
One pattern in the paintings is the use
of intricate details in the foreground while
the background is either solid colored or in
black and white.
British rule over India had a lot of impact on the art. The eastern way of making art was discarded as the British introduced more western influenced art or Modern Art. Rabindranath Tagore is credited as being the Father of Indian Modern Art. In 1947, after India's independence, a group of 6 artists formed Progressive Arts Group. This group was in charge of bringing new contemporary art types to make the art made in India become "Indian Art".
In the 1990s, Indian art became more broadened. The old art types were still kept, such as carving in temples and idols. Newer types of arts were introduced such as art in sand, sand art (rangoli), and video. India currently makes the most films in a year. The old values of having art mostly spiritual is still kept but portrayed in a different way. In the Bhagavad Gita, the wars take place in a time before there was anyone to record what exactly was happening during the wars neither in writing nor painting. The art painted today of the Bhagavad Gita portrays these wars and give better picture of what was happening at the time and the magnitude of the war.
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