Art of Asia
- What is South Asia?
- Challenges, opportunities, and approaches for studying South Asian art
- Geographic regions of South Asia
- Understanding divine “blueness” in South Asia
- Representations of Krishna
- South Asian religions, an introduction
- Introduction to Islam
- Beliefs made visible: Buddhist art in South Asia
- Development of the Buddha image
- Bodhisattva Maitreya
- Mudras in Buddhist art
- Mahakala, Protector of the Tent
- Conservation: Indian Jama
What are often thought of as “Indian” art and culture spread not only throughout the modern nation of India but also through Pakistan and Bangladesh. This huge area was never politically unified except under British colonial rule (1858–1947). Earlier, various kingdoms and principalities controlled large or small areas, and occasionally a conqueror created a vast empire.
The Indian cultural area was separated from other cultural areas by formidable natural barriers. Oceans surrounded southern India. To the north and northeast the Himalayas and other mountain ranges, as well as great deserts, made overland travel to and from China exceedingly arduous. The northwest too was blocked by mountains and deserts, but these were less difficult to cross, so invaders typically entered from this direction.
In spite of these barriers, South Asia engaged in contact with other cultures in a variety of ways. Traders and pilgrims could, with effort, cross the deserts and mountain passes. The ocean prevented the large-scale movement of populations but served as a highway for shipborne travel and trade.
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- So was Pakistan also ruled by the British?(2 votes)
- There was no place called Pakistan before the divide and the place which is now Pakistan was India and yes, it was ruled by Britishers before the Independence day of India.(5 votes)
- Is India really famous for its artwork and designs(4 votes)
- A few examples:
The most celebrated four-lion at Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh) erected by Emperor Ashoka circa 250 BC
The temple at Khajurao
The magnificent Buddhist carvings on the Great Stupa at Sanchi
The towering gopuram of the Sri Sundaravaradaraja Perumal temple at Uthiramerur (http://www.vepachedu.org/manasanskriti/Democracy.htm)
The first known sculpture in the Indian Continent is from the Indus Valley civilization (3300–1700 BC), found in sites at Mohenjo-daro and Harappa in modern-day Pakistan(2 votes)
- Is Sri Lanka a part of south asia?(1 vote)
- Can we know what people settled in India?(1 vote)
- According to legend it is said that that there are two types of people living in India. Aryans and Dravidians . it is said that Aryans came form various parts of the continent like from southern Russia etc, while the Dravidians already presided over India. When the Aryans came, some of the Dravidians moved to southern India while some stayed and served the Aryans . It is also said that the North Indians are Aryans while the South Indians are Dravidians(2 votes)
- what kinds of varieties arts r there in India?(1 vote)
artwork-rajasthani,gujarati,bidriware,mysore style oil painting.moghul style paintings
- What people settled in India?(1 vote)
- People that didn't want to live in Pakistan moved or settled in India at the time of Partition and those who didn't want to live in India settled or moved to Pakistan(Pakistan,Bangladesh). Ancient people that came in the Indus Valley moved in 8000BC from Ancient Persia or Mesopotamia in search of a good place to live with fertile land.(1 vote)
- Why was there a big fight between India and Pakistan at the time of Gandhi?(1 vote)
- Why did they call it India?(1 vote)
- The term INDIA come from the river Indus. The term INDIA was first used in greek language in 2 century AD(1 vote)