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Indian Art & Culture
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Indian Art and Culture pdf download 

Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania is one of the best book for preparing Art & Culture section for UPSC (Civil Services Examination) and other State PCS examinations.

Key highlights of the book 

Detailed discussion of each topics supplemented with Previous Year Questions (PYQs) asked in Preliminary and Mains Examination of UPSC CSE along with some Practice Questions.

Contents :

Chapter 1: Indian Architecture and Pottery 
  • Introduction
  • Indian Architecture

Chapter 2: Indian Paintings
  • Introduction
  • Principles of Painting
  • Pre-historic Paintings
  • Classification of Indian Paintings
  • Folk Paintings

Chapter 3: Indian Handicrafts
  • Introduction
  • Handicrafts on Clothes
  • Various types of toys
  • Stoneware
  • Embroidery Crafts
  • Floor designs

Chapter 4: UNESCO's list of Tangible world heritage sites in India
  • Criteria for selection
  • Legal Status of designated sites
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

Chapter 5: Indian Music
  • Introduction
  • History of Indian Music
  • Anatomy of Indian Music
  • Classification of Indian Music
  • Semi-classical styles of Hindustani music
  • Folk Music
  • Modern music
  • Musical instruments
  • Folk musical instruments
  • Modern development in Music
  • Communities related to music

Chapter 6: Indian Dance Forms
  • Background
  • Aspect of Dance
  • Indian Classical Dance Forms
  • Folk Dances of India

Chapter 7: Indian Theatre
  • Introduction
  • Classical Sanskrit Theatre
  • Folk Theatre
  • Modern Indian Theatre

Chapter 8: Indian Puppetry
  • Introduction
  • Indian Origin

Chapter 9: Indian Circus
  • The Great Indian Circus
  • Keeleri Kunhikannan
  • Major Circus Companies in India
  • Circus: A marginal industry
  • Possible remedies
Chapter 10: UNESCO's List of Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Introduction
  • Representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity

Chapter 11: Language in India
  • Introduction
  • Classification of Indian Languages
  • Official languages of India
  • Status of classical language
  • National translation mission
  • Ancient scripts of India

Chapter 12: Religion in India
  • Introduction
  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Jainism
  • Islam
  • Christianity
  • Sikhism
  • Zoroastrianism
  • Judaism

Chapter 13: Indian Literature
  • Introduction
  • Literature in Ancient India
  • Buddhist Literature
  • Jain Literature
  • Zoroastrian Literature
  • Sikh Literature
  • Medieval Literature
  • Modern Literature

Chapter 14: Schools of Philosophy
  • Introduction
  • PYQs

Chapter 15: Indian Cinema
  • Introduction
  • History of Indian Cinema
  • South Indian Cinema
  • Recent Film Controversies
  • Indian Cinematograph Act 1952

Chapter 16: Science and Technology through the Ages
  • Introduction
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Physics and Chemistry
  • Ship building and navigation

Chapter 17: Calendars in India
  • Introduction
  • Classification of Indian Calendar forms
  • National Calendar of India

Chapter 18: Fairs and Festivals of India
  • Introduction
  • Religious Festivals
  • Secular Festivals
  • Festivals of North-East India
  • Fairs of India

Chapter 19: Awards and Honours
  • Introduction
  • Awards given by government of India

Chapter 20: Law and Culture
  • Introduction to law and culture

Chapter 21: Martial Arts in India
  • Introduction

Chapter 22: Cultural institutions in India
  • Introduction
  • The Archaeological survey of India
  • Crafts Council of India
  • Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts
  • All India Radio
  • Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
  • Centre for cultural resources and training
  • National archives of India
  • Indian council for cultural relations
  • Directorate of film festivals
  • Indian council of Historical research
  • National mission for manuscripts
  • Indian national trust for Art and Cultural heritage (Intach)
  • Sahitya Akademi
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi
  • Lalit Kala Akademi

Chapter 23: Coins in Ancient and Medieval India
  • Punch Marked coins
  • Indo-Greek coins
  • Coins by Satavahanas
  • Coins of the western satraps or the Indo-Scythians
  • Coins issued in Gupta Age
  • Coins of the Vardhanas
  • Coins of the Chalikayan kings
  • Coins of the Rajput Dynasties
  • Coins of the Pandayan and Chola dynasty
  • Turkish and Delhi Sultanate coins
  • Mughal coinage

Chapter 24: Indian Cultural abroad
  • Who took Indian cultural abroad
  • Prominent Ancient ports of India
  • Mathematics from India to abroad
  • Indian science and technology abroad
  • Influence of Indian religion abroad
  • Indian language abroad
  • Indian temple architectural tradition abroad
  • Role of Indian universities and scholars
  1. Appendix - 1 (Delhi: A city of seven sisters)
  2. Appendix - 2 (Bhakti and Sufi Movement)
  3. Appendix - 3 (Famous Personalities of India)
  4. Appendix - 4 (Cultural places of interest)
  5. Appendix - 5 (Recent geographical indications)

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