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Many of the splendid Chola sculptures that survive till date represent the fine craftsmanship of the Chola artists and religious beliefs of that age. Discuss.

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

1. Many of the splendid Chola sculptures that survive till date represent the fine craftsmanship of the Chola artists and religious beliefs of that age. Discuss. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The HinduInsights on India

Why the question:

A Chola-era Buddha idol that was reportedly stolen from Arpakkam near Kancheepuram is now stuck with the Department of Homeland Security in the U.S., without any claim having been made by the Indian authorities.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the developments in sculpture during the Chola period.

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 giving context about the grandeur of the Chola sculpture.

Body:

First, write about the Chola sculptures – salient and important features, marked changes which were started during this period and emphasis on Hindu iconography. Substantiate with examples.

Next, write about the overall nature of the sculptures which portray a classic grace, grandeur and taste.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising.