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An artistic movement of great importance flourished under the aegis of the Pallava rulers of Kanchi and they are credited with having building some of the outstanding temples and sculptures. Discuss.

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

2. An artistic movement of great importance flourished under the aegis of the Pallava rulers of Kanchi and they are credited with having building some of the outstanding temples and sculptures. Discuss. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Reference: Indian ExpressInsights on India

Why the question:

A demand has been raised to declared Kanchipuram as an UNESCO world heritage site.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the transformation in Pallava architecture from rock cut to stone built temples.

Directive word: 

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by mentioning how Pallavas laid the foundation of south Indian architecture.

Body:

Discuss about the four stages of temple development and explain how they evolved from rock cut structure to stone built temples. Mention the major features of early stages of Dravidian architecture under Pallavas. Highlight along with examples.

Next, write about development of sculpture along with examples under Pallavas.

Conclusion:

Conclude by commenting on the pioneer nature of Pallavan contributions to Indian art and architecture.