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There were many major themes of Indian Art, some of which emerged as early as the Harappen Period (2500 BC).
Above: The Buddha
Around 500 BC, Buddashim took over much of the population of India and because of this it brought a new artistic theme as well. Legends of the Budda inspired much of India's art, in particularly towards sculptures and literature.
Islamic faith and Islamic conquers in 100 AD brought iconoclasm
During the Gupta Period (500 AD) the great cave temples of Ajanta and Ellora were carved and because of this, Buddha Statues became popular.
Small Persian-style painting became popular as well
The housing in the prosperous villages were huts made out of mud and straw.
Above : The Ajanta Cave in Lenapur Village
Hindu Akshardham Temple in South Delhi
The Great cave Temples of Ajanta and Ellora. Ajanta is one of the most popular and aesthetically acclaimed heritages of India.
Virupaksha Temple, Pattadakal
The Monastic University at Nalanda
Pillars in a Rock Temple
Iron Pillar at Mehrauli. The pillar represents the victories of the kind Candragupta II.
Above: Ellora Cave in Maharashtra, India
One of the reasons why the Gupta Rulers were memorable was because they Flourished the art. This had named golden age on India.
Music, dance and drama were cherished in both the cities and the villages.
The sculptures were distinctive with stone and bronze.
Paintings, most of which did not survive, were rich with colours and movements.
Above: The Virupaksha Temple, Pattadakal (a huge complex of temples)
The Frescoes from the cave shrines of Ajanta
Sculptors of gods and goddesses
The Vishnu God
The Brahma God
The Shiva God
The Mahavira God
Key Terms/ Definitions:
Gupta Era:" a Hindu empire ruled by the Gupta dynasty in ancient India from around 320 to 550 AD." -www.dictionary.com
Harappen Period:" The Indus Valley Civilization, 2800 BC1800 BC, was an ancient civilization thriving along the Indus River and the Ghaggar-Hakra river in what is now Pakistan." - www.google.ca
Above: The Famous Hindu Akshardham Temple in South Deli
Above: The Vishnu God
Architecture of India
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Newman, Garfield. Echos From the Past - World History to the 16th Century. Toronto: Patty Pappas, 2001. 320-321.
Singh, Rajesh. "Ajanta." Ignca. 2002. 13 Feb. 2007 <http://www.ignca.nic.in/nl002801.htm>.
4. What is the historical significance of Ancient India art and architecture?
1. It's interesting to look at!!!
2. It's valuable!!!
3. It's the most of our knowledge of India!!!
4. It's historical!!!
5. How were the paintings created?