Friday, February 06, 2009
Art and Culture? : Come to India!
If we talk about Art, we cannot leave out Culture. We see our Culture in our Art. Isn’t it?
And I cannot find anything other than India, which is as rich and as carried in Arts and Culture.
India is geographically divided in states, the variation has also imbued in the culture.
To be specific, if I travel from Maharashtra to Kerala, I’ll find the two places completely different, even if I am Indian, let alone a foreigner. The living, the food, the language, the dressing, the way of worshipping God, everything changes. That makes it more interesting.
I had got a chance to travel through Europe. That time on the top of the list of places to visit in every city, were Museums and Churches. Likewise, if you come to India, apparently it couldn’t be anything else than Temples. Travel anywhere in India, you would find variety in the temple architecture too. The Lord Vishnu is idol or the avatar is portrayed differently as you travel from Tamil Nadu (Lord Balaji) to Maharashtra (Lord Vitthal) to Orissa (Lord Jagannath). The architecture will definitely pull in your admiration.
One prime facet of Indian Arts is the palaces, castles and forts of Rajasthan and Maharashtra each having it own compelling history behind.
Not to forget the famous Paithani saree of Paitha, hand-woven Sholapur bed sheets, folk songs and dance of different states, more than 200 dialects. Oh! The list is endless.
It’s difficult to pull in everything in one post.
But one thing I cannot forget to mention is the Classical music of India, which you would never ever find anywhere else. Different ragas, different instruments, you cannot stop admiring.
One song, which is a compendium of these, would be the ‘Mile Sur mera tumhara’.
I now discovered how blessed I am to be a part of such a rich culture!