Topic: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.
1) Explain the essential features of the Vijaynagara Architecture Period. Elaborate also upon prominent foreign influences over it if any. (250 words)
Indian art and culture by Nitin Singhania/ Tamil Nadu NCERT
Why this question:
The question is from the static portions of GS-I and is based on the study of architectural features of the Vijaynagara empire.
Key demand of the question:
The question asks the features of Vijaynagara architecture and the foreign influences over it.
Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
Introduce by writing about the Importance or significance of Vijaynagara architecture.
First part should cover the features of Vijaynagara architecture in detail along with examples of famous engineering marvels found in the period.
The next part should deal with how the Bahamani Sultanate, The Deccani Sultanate and Portuguese etc. influenced the Vijaynagara architecture.
Conclude by stressing on the fact that though influences were present, the core of Vijaynagara architecture was completely indigenous.