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1) Pottery  is one of the most tangible and iconic elements of Indian art. Discuss the evolution of pottery making in India. (250 words)

Topic-   Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and
Architecture from ancient to modern times.

1) Pottery  is one of the most tangible and iconic elements of Indian art. Discuss the evolution of pottery making in India. (250 words)

 

NCERT Textbook (CRAFT TRADITION OF INDIA)

 

Why this question

Indian pottery has its roots in the Harappan Civilization and has evolved through ages into marvellous art forms as well as the objects of daily use. It is important to know the evolution of Indian pottery.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to write in detail about the history of pottery making in India, its role in Indian history and how it evolved over the centuries.

Directive word

Discuss- This s an all-encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about the key demand of the question. We also have to discuss about the related and important aspects of the question in order to bring out a complete picture of the issue in hand.

Structure of the answer

Introduction– Write a few lines about the role pottery making. E.g The history of pottery tells of the daily life of human beings, their death and burial, of human migration, trade and conquest, cultural practices and influences.

Body

  1. Discuss how pottery making started and evolved in technique.E.g coiling technique > Wheel made pottery > Hand modelling > Terracotta > Giant figures.
  2. DIscuss in parts, how Indian pottery evolved over time. E.g
  3. Harappan civilization
  4. Maurya and Sunga periods
  5. Kushan period
  6. Gupta period
  7. Post-Gupta period

Discuss the salient aspects of pottery of each time period and mention the names of the masterpieces of art made of pottery.

Conclusion– sum up your discussion in a few lines and form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the above issue.