Indian Culture for Prelims / Mains – 2017

[This is the revised and updated archive of GKToday’s Prelims General Studies Modules for Indian Culture and the same documents are suitable for Mains also. All these documents are dynamic and are available for online reading and PDF download for Target-2017 Integrated General Studies Members]

Indian Culture-1: National Insignia and Language

India’s National Flag, Flag Code Of India, State Emblem, National Anthem, National Song, National Calendar, National Animal, National Bird, National Flower, Fruit and Tree, National Aquatic Animal, National Currency Symbol, National Heritage Animal, National Game, Languages Classification, Official Languages and Classical Languages. Click Here

Indian Culture-2: Handlooms & Handicrafts

Art and handicraft of India including Fabrics, Sarees and Apparels, Shawls, Carpets, Durries, Coir Products, Embroidery Products, Fabric Decoration Arts, Metal Work, Wood, Glass, Paper, Stone, Ivory, Toys, Games and puppets, Pottery and Paintings. Click Here

Indian Culture-3: Indian Paintings

Shadanga and Chitrasutra traditions, Murals, Miniatures and Frescoes, Cave Paintings, Various schools of paintings in India, Mughal and Rajput Paintings, Modern Indian Paintings. Click Here

Indian Culture-4: Sculpture

Sculpture in Indus Valley Civilization, Mauryan Sculpture, Post Mauryan Sculpture, Mathura and Gandhara Schools of Art, Gupta / Vakataka sculpture, Modern Indian Sculpture and artists. Click Here

Indian Culture-5: Indian Architecture- Ancient and Early Medieval

Architecture of Indus Valley, Ancient Rock-cut Architecture, Satavahana / Vakataka Rock-cut Architecture: Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves, Kanheri Caves, Bhaja and Karla Caves, Pallava Rock-cut Architecture: Mahabalipuram, Buddhist Architecture, Temple Architecture, Sandhara, Nirandhara and Sarvatobhadra Temples, Basic Structure of a Hindu Temple, Architecture of Gupta Period, Temple Architecture of Chalukyas of Badami, Temple architecture of Rashtrakutas, Temple Architecture of Western Chalukyas, Temple Architecture of Hoysalas, Temple Architecture of the Pallavas, Temple Architecture of Cholas, The Temples of Odisha, Kalinga School of Architecture, Chandela School – Temples at Khajuraho. Click Here

Indian Culture-6: Indian Architecture- Medieval and Modern

Indo-Islamic architecture: Salient Features, Architecture of Delhi Sultanate, Indo-Islamic Architecture in Gujarat, Monuments of Indo-Islamic Tradition in Jaunpur, Monuments of Indo-Islamic Tradition in Mandu, Monuments of Indo-Islamic Architecture at Bijapur, Monuments of Islamic Architecture at Sasaram, Mughal Architecture, Indo-Saracenic style, Post-Independence Architecture. Click Here

Indian Culture-7: Indian Performing Arts

History of Indian Music, Basic Concepts of Swara, Raga, Tala etc, Various Forms of Indian Classical Music, Concepts Related to Indian Music, Guru-Shishya Parampara, Marg Sangeet and Pathya Sangeet, Haveli Sangeet and Astachap, Darbar Sangeet, Musical Gharanas, Evolution of Veena, Comparison of Folk Music and Classical Music, Musical Stone Pillars in Temples, Contribution of Different Personalities to Music, Carnatic Music, Devotional Music of India, Indian Classical Dance, Folk Music and Dance of India, Folk Theatre, Puppetry Art, Other Topics & Concepts in Dance and Drama, Abhinaya, Rasa Bhava Theory, Karna and Angahgara in Indian Classical Dances, Natya, Nritta and Nritya, Krishna in Classical Dances. Click Here

Indian Culture-8: Fairs and Festivals of India

Important Topics are: Various Fairs and Festivals of various states and UTs, Fairs and Festivals celebrated all over India, Ancient Indian sports and martial arts. Click Here

Indian Culture-9: Religion, Sects and Philosophy Basics

Important facts about Hinduism and Hindu Philosophy, Astika and Nastika Schools, Six Schools of Indian Philosophy and concepts related to them, Major sects of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Islam, Sufism, Dawoodi Bohras, Wahabism, Christianity, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Bahai Faith etc. Click Here

Indian Culture-10: Indian Literature

Vedic Literature – Sruti, Smriti, Vedas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas, Upavedas, Upanishadas, Vedangas etc. Early Scholars in Sanskrit and Their Works, Buddhist & Jain Literature and Scholars, Classic Sanskrit Literature, Sanskrit Literature in Science and Technology, Assamese Literature, Bengali Literature, Literature and scholars of Hindi and other languages of India. Click Here

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