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India's CultureThe State, the Arts, and Beyond$
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Balmiki Prasad Singh

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780198060635

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198060635.001.0001

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India's Culture: Some Facts, Some Perspectives

India's Culture: Some Facts, Some Perspectives

(p.1) 1 India's Culture: Some Facts, Some Perspectives
India's Culture

Balmiki Prasad Singh

Oxford University Press

This chapter mentions the attainments of Indians prior to the beginning of the Christian era and how these influenced the succeeding generations of Indians. The cultural attainments of the people of India can be viewed in the context of language and literature; religion and spirituality; visual arts; performing arts; philosophy, science, and economics. Vedic literature was composed in Sanskrit and handed down orally. The Hindu religious philosophy is elaborated in a large number of texts and legends among which the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Ramayana, and the Mahabharata with its Bhagavad Gita, are the most significant. Besides Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism have also been discussed. The performing arts includes music, theatre, and dance. By the beginning of the Christian era, the civilization of India had begun to spread into both the mainland and the islands of South East Asia. Two other integral aspects of India's culture and way of life, authority and respect, are also examined.

Keywords:   Indian culture, language, literature, religion, spirituality, visual arts, performing arts, philosophy, science, economics

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