Arts & Culture

The word that best defines Indian art is “ornate”. Appreciation for it comes almost naturally as one gaze at the emotions and feelings that are given free expression on canvas or a megalith. Indian art dates back to 3rd millennium BC to the modern times. Indian art can be segmented into specific time frames each reflecting certain political, religious and cultural developments. Popular art forms comprise temple and sculpture art, fresco painting, miniature painting, folk and tribal art, and contemporary art. Tribal paintings reflect the tribal ethos and culture of nature worship, matriarchal society where as fresco paintings comes with embellishments that certify the regality of its time.

Similarly, the term calligraphy recalls China and its exquisite calligraphy paintings in paper and cloth parchments. Chinese paintings also date back to the early “stone age” art. The art forms vibrant are elaborate, exquisite, finely drawn or etched with great precision. Perhaps that speaks of the cultural ethos of the Chinese people. Renowned art forms are Bronze sculpture, Qin sculpture, calligraphy poetry paintings, song and Yuan paintings, Han art and Chinese pottery. A more contemporary form of Chinese art that has gained popularity in India owing to its creative rendition is Song or poem painting with Haiku. Wouldn’t endeavors such as art workshops, cultural tours, alliances with art schools foster creative intelligence for both India and China? The answer undoubtedly is yes!

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