Art & Culture

  • Art and Culture comes across as a tricky component of the GS Syllabus to a lot of aspirants. The syllabus is expansive and the topics unclear.
  • Art and Culture is not to be prepared in separation. A part of it should be studied along with Indian History. The portion that is left should be studied separately.
  • Certain topics that should be covered under Art and Culture preparation (that are not studied along with Indian History) are as follows:

For Art and Culture you must divide the syllabus into following parts :

Art and Culture Articles To Prepare For Civil Services Online

Contents

Indian Architecture

1.

Architecture & Culture of India

2.

Indus Valley Civilization (2900 – 1700 BC)

3.

Mauryan Art and Culture

4.

Post Mauryan Art and Culture

5.

Gupta Age Art and Culture

6.

Cave Architecture in India (Rock Cut caves)

7.

Temples Styles in North India (Nagara Style)

8.

Indo Islamic Architecture in Medieval India

9.

Imperial Style during Islamic Era in India

10.

Provincial Style During Islamic Era in India

11.

Mughal Period Architecture

12.

Deccan Style Architecture in Islamic Era

13.

Medieval Architecture Styles (Other than Indo-Islamic)

14

Colonial Architecture – Modern India

Indian Paintings

1.

Introduction to Indian Paintings

2.

Miniature paintings

3.

Deccan School of Painting

4.

Folk paintings of India Kalighat to Kalamkhari

5.

Development of regional school of paintings: Rajasthani & Paheri

Literature in Ancient India

1.

Role of Sanskrit in Indian Literature

2.

Vedic literature : Vedas, Brahmanas & Aranyakas

3.

Ramayana and Mahabharata

4.

The Puranas

5.

Buddhist and Jain literature in pali, Prakrit and sanskrit

6.

Literature in Gupta period

7.

Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu literature

8.

Tamil or Sangam Literature

9.

Development of Literature during the Mughal Period

10.

Marathi literature and Kashmiri literature

11.

Role of Christian missionaries in education

Philosophy of India

1.

Schools of Philosophy in India : Orthodox & Hetrodox

2.

Hetrodox philosophy: Jainism, Buddhism and Ajivikas

3.

Advaita, Vishistadvaita, Sivadvaita, Dvaita, Dvaitadvaita & Suddhadvaita

Other Articles

1.

Socio-religious reform movements in muslims, Parsis & Sikhs

2.

Calendars used by India

3.

Drama/ folk dance/theatre

4.

Puppetry in India

5.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

6.

Mathematics, Astronomy, Weights & measurements and Coinage in Ancient India

Indian Music

1.

Indian Music

2.

Hindustani music

3.

Carnatic music

Indian Dance

1.

Indian Dance

2.

Indian classical dances

3.

List of Folk dances of India