Indian Heritage and Culture [IAS (Admin.) IAS Mains GS Paper 1 (Geography, Art & Culture, and History)]: Questions 1 - 5 of 17

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Question 1

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Appeared in Year: 2016

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Krishanadevaraya, the king of Vijayanagar, was not only an accomplished scholar himself but was also a great patron of learning and literature. Discuss.

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Location of Vijaynagar Kingdom
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  • Vijayanagar rulers were patrons of learning. Vijayanagar Empire is often known as the ‘Golden Age of Telugu Literature’ but historical evidences show that this empire marked a good development in the literature of Tamil, Kannada and Sanskrit too. The rulers patronized Ka…

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Question 2

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Early Buddhist stupa-art, while depicting folk motifs and narratives successfully expounds Buddhist ideals. Elucidate.

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Knowing the Expansion of Buddhism
Buddhist Stupa of Dharmakaya
  • Tracing the life of Buddha throws light to the fact that all the events of his life were depicted by folk motifs and narratives. Stupa art, being the earliest art form associated with Buddhism, is a structural emblem which shows us the Buddhist ideals.
  • Each stupa reflects the artistic cult…

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Question 3

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Appeared in Year: 2017

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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) (Comparing good and average answer)

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Gupta period was considered to be the golden period of Indian history. The universities of Nalanda and Taxila flourished during this time. Scholars like Aryabhatta and Kalidasa were present during this time. Guptas excelled in the art of numismatics too. The majority of Gupta age coins, which were called dinaras, were made of gold. The u…

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Question 4

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Appeared in Year: 2015

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The ancient civilization in Indian sub continent differed from those of Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece in that its culture and traditions have been preserved without breakdown to the present day. Comment. (Comparing good and average answer)

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Indian subcontinent՚s ancient civilization՚s cultural legacy has continued even in the modern times. For example; the worship of some Hindu Gods dates back to the Indus valley civilization (Proto-Shiva) , the importance of cow, social tolerance, various art forms are some of the instances where our culture has been preserved.

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Question 5

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Mesolithic rock cut architecture of India not only reflects the cultural life of the times but also a fine aesthetic sense comparable to modern painting. Critically evaluate this comment. (Comparing good and average answer)

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Modern painting be it from Pablo Picasso or M. F. Hussain is full of portrayal of ideas or feelings. Mesolithic rock-cut architecture of India is not only impressive to look at but has an aesthetic sense like a modern painting. Connections can be made among the two by taking in account the following points:

  • Closeness to Nature: Many scen…

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