001 - Indian Art Forms

UPSC Mains General Studies Paper 1 Model Questions on Indian Art forms.

Discuss the development of drama through various phases in India while highlighting the contribution of folk theatre to Indian culture.

India is a land of rich culture and heritage. Since the beginning of our civilization, music, dance and drama have been an integral aspect of our culture. Initially, these art forms were used as medium of propagation for religion and social reforms in which music and dance were incorporated to gain popularity. Drama: Drama is ..


How the interaction between Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism resulted into the synthesis of Indian Culture in ancient India? Discuss with suitable examples while limiting your answer to only visual art forms.

In context with visual art forms, the depictions of semidivine spirits (Yakshas, Gandharvas and Kinnara) were quite popular at the advent of Buddhism and Jainism; and were gradually assimilated in these religions. Gandharvas are often depicted in flying postures in motifs related to all three religions. Yakshas hold important place in both Hinduism and Buddhism. ..


Critically discuss the impact of partition on India's popular art, particularly Cinema and Theatre with suitable examples.

The key impact of partition on India’s popular art industry (Cinema and Theatre) can be discussed in the light of cross migration of talent and idea of two (antagonistic) countries that emerged from one country. Cross Migration of Talent The History of Indian cinema started with Raja Harishchandra in 1913, a silent film in Marathi.  It ..


A large variety of mythical animals form the inseparable part of India's traditions, culture, religious beliefs, art forms etc. Discuss while giving suitable examples in Indian paintings and sculptures.

Animals and humans have been companions for centuries. Indian art is nearly 5000 years old and in so many thousand years, Indian artists have depicted animals, birds and insects in many imaginative ways. The history of art and painting in India begins with the pre-historic rock painting at Bhimbetka caves, where we have drawings and ..


How do you justify the view that the level of excellence of the Gupta numismatic art is not at all noticeable in later times? (150 words)

Numismatics involves study or collection of coins, tokens and related objects. It is used by archaeologists to ascertain about trade, economy and society of a region. Though archaeologists have found terracotta seals at the Indus Valley sites, there is no agreement whether these seals were coins. The Gupta coins, like their predecessors, did not confine ..


How the ancient indigenous military / war systems have influenced the development of performing arts such as dance, drama and theatre in India? Discuss with appropriate examples.

One of the most important features of Indian performing arts is that many of them have developed from ancient indigenous military or war systems or techniques. The most striking example of this is Kalariyapattu, a martial art from Kerala. It has influenced some of the traditional Indian dances and even today some schools in south India ..