Art and Culture

Crafts Indian Crafts mirror the adroitness and finesse of their creator. Whilst the history of Indian art is steeped in traditions, contemporary craft reflects an amalgamation of the traditional and modern. This site on Indian Arts & Culture provides comprehensive information about pottery, metal craft, timeless paintings, outstanding sculptures and statues, jewellery, furniture, home décor and home furnishing products, traditional games, stone crafts and tribal crafts. Besides these there is information on the craft fairs and the types of crafts that are practiced in different states.

Paintings : The origin of Indian Paintings dates back to antiquity. It is evident from the murals of Ajanta, Ellora and other frescoes arts, the palm leaf manuscripts, the Jain texts and the Deccan, Mughal and Kangra schools of miniature Indian arts & painting. With ancient texts outlining theories of colour and anecdotal accounts, the Indian paintings depict romance, reality, dreams, joy, sorrow, devotion and a gamut of other human emotions.

Dance : Considered the most ancient form of art, dance in India is rooted in religion and traditions. Shiva, Krishna and Goddess Kali are often represented through the dances. The earliest reference to dance is found in Bharat Muni`s Natyashastra. Whilst classical Indian dances are popular in the subcontinent even today, the modern forms of dances have also found admirers.

Festivals : Festivities are integrally related to the life of Indian people. Festivals in India are characterised by vibrancy, fun, fiesta, gaiety, enthusiasm, delight, colours, etc. While some of these pertain to religion, the others celebrate changing seasons, harvest, reconciliation and the birth anniversaries of gods and goddesses, saints, gurus and prophets. Besides each state in India has its own set of festivities. Explore the varied Indian festivals on this site.