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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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Arts, Cultural Pageants and the State: The Nehru–Azad Dialogue

Arts, Cultural Pageants and the State: The Nehru–Azad Dialogue

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(p.87) 3 Arts, Cultural Pageants and the State: The Nehru–Azad Dialogue
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India's Culture
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Balmiki Prasad Singh

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198060635.003.0003

This chapter begins by discussing the British approach to culture which was shaped by their policies of laissez-faire and paternalism. Subsequently leaders of the new republic approached the cultural issues with considerable sensitivity. It is a faithful portrait of dialogues between officials and leaders about the Republic Day parade which conveys the military and cultural strength of a vibrant nation. The aim is to present an insight into the cultural climate of the early years of the Indian Republic. The chapter mentions how Nehru's purchased paintings of Sass Brunner and Elizabeth Brunner and a series of letters written to Abul Kalam Azad which created the contour of government art purchase schemes. It is necessary in the realm of culture and the arts to consciously work towards revival of the spirit of the freedom struggle and the transparency with which the leaders and cultural personalities worked in the early years of the Indian Republic.

Keywords:   Republic Day parade, Indian Republic, Sass Brunner, Elizabeth Brunner, government art purchase schemes, Abul Kalam Azad, Nehru

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