Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
1) Festivals of India often are demonstrations of living personification of environment. Do you agree? Discuss with suitable examples.(250 words)
Art and culture by Nitin Singhania
Why this question:
The question revolves around the significant connection of festivals in India with mother nature.
Key demand of the question:
The answer should discuss the significant appraisal of environment by the culture engrained in the festivals that are celebrated in the country.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
In brief highlight the significance of festival in Indian culture.
Bring out the fact that religious practices prevalent in Indian culture have always incorporated worshiping of sun, wind, land, trees, plants and water all of which are very base of human survival.
Quote examples – Rivers are considered sacred since Vedic period as it is around them civilizations grew. Ex:Pushkaram festival dedicated to worshiping of rivers. Dip in rivers is believed to erase all sins.
Harvest festivals are celebrated as thanksgiving to nature for the blessing of food grains to survive. Ex: Lohri festival in Punjab, Makar Sankramana in Karnataka, Bihu in Assam.
Conclude with importance of culture and its inherent link with environment.