Sunday, 9 November 2014

Amazing India..

India An Amazing Place to Visit...

People of India In a diverse and elaborate country like India, it is evident to find that people here bring forth the rich glories of the past, the culture, traditions and values relative to geographic locations and many distinctive behaviours, habits and food. Since time immemorial, India has been invaded by armies, traders and immigrants who brought with them their own style, beliefs, practices and observances which have all added to the glorious texture of Indian life and living.

From the boundless snows of the Himalayas to the cultivated peninsula of far South, from the deserts of the West to the humid deltas of the East, from the dry heat and cold of the Central Plateau to the cool forest foothills, Indian lifestyles definitely glorify the geography. The food, clothing and habits of the Indians are according to the place of their origin.

Indian families have deep-rooted values which are given importance and recognition. The surname of an Indian is grounded on his caste or place of origin or his family occupation. Men are no longer single breadwinners of the family but are still considered to be the head and are consulted for all decisions. A wife will always serve her husband before she eats, parents are looked upon with respect and regard and children are financially supported by their parents throughout their education.

Becoming a part in times of joy and sorrow is the prime belief of the Indians where they share all the happiness and sorrow. A festival is never bounded to a family or a home but the whole community or neighborhood gets involved in adding liveliness to an occasion. The festivals like Diwali, Holi, Id, Christmas, Mahaveer Jayanthi are all jubilated by sharing sweets and pleasantries with family, neighbours and friends. Indian weddings are celebrated with great enthusiasm where all the family members and friends are invited. Likewise, neighbours and friends always help out a family in difficult times.

Indians speak various languages, follow different religions, enjoy different cuisines but still stand together as a unified nation. The country has a rich arts and culture which is unmatched anywhere else in the world. The charm of Indians lies is in the spirit of tolerance, sharing and an amalgamation of cultures that can be matched to a garden of flowers of different hues and shades which, bloom together to glorify the garden itself.

People : 72% Indo-Aryan, 25% Dravidian, 3% other

Language : Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Bengali, Kashmiri, English, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati, Malayalam

Religion : 80% Hindu, 14% Muslim, 2.4% Christian, 2% Sikh, 0.7% Buddhist, 0.5% Jains, 0.4% other.

India is the motherland of art, culture and architecture all across the globe where each historical monument in the country like the forts, palaces, caves, temples, mosques and churches reflect the glory of the era to which they belonged. The Art and Culture Tour of India unravels an unforgettable journey of the monuments of the olden times in India like the Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh; Ajanta Ellora caves near Aurangabad in Maharashtra; the mesmerising temples of Khajuraho and South India along with many more structures portray the enriched architecture of India in the olden times.

Indian traditional art forms are the most evolved and cultured systems in the world where carnatic music, classical dance styles like Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Kathak, Manipuri etc, theatre and various drama forms including Harikatha and folk arts are amongst the traditional and ancient art and entertainment forms today. Indian films of today were based on the traditional arts in their formative years during 1930's and 40's. Indian cinema especially Hindi and Tamil cinema have evolved as the largest film industries in the world next only to Hollywood.

Indian classical arts like classical music, classical dance, theatre and drama possesses traditions and history dating back to several centuries and Carnatic and Hindustani music have their roots in "Sama Veda" one of the four Vedas which are the eternal and timeless scriptures from which the religious and social ethos of the sub-continent evolved. Bharatnatyam, a celebrated dance form too is based on authoritative sources like "Natya Sastra" by the sage Bharata Muni and "Abhinaya Darpana" by Nandi Kesava dating back to centuries before Christ.

Culture of India
Art and Culture of IndiaIndian culture is rich, diverse and unique in the whole world as the people in the country belong to different religions, castes, creed; speak different languages; enjoy different kind of cuisines. People belonging to different religions celebrate different festivals with great enthusiasm and zeal.

The major religions followed within India are Hinduism (80%), Islam (14%), Christianity (2.4%), Sikhism (2%), Buddhism( 0.7%), Jainism (0.5%). The people belonging to different ethnic groups are Indo-Aryans(72%), Dravidians (25%) and Others(3%). There are hundreds of tribal communities. There are about 1600 languages spoken throughout the country.

Indian culture is so diverse that it is very difficult to explain it. Every region and every state has a culture and tradition of its own. Even in one single state different communities follow different customs. Every region has it own cuisine, clothing, language, etc. The appearances of the people too differ from one another depending on the region one belongs to. The diverse climate and the diverse landscape too plays a major role in the diverse culture of India.

People belonging to different regions celebrate different festivals all round the year. Some of the important Hindu festivals celebrated are Holi, Diwali, Dussehra, Ganesh Utsav; Muslim festivals celebrated are Iid and Bakriid and the Christian festivals celebrated are Christmas, and Easter.

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