Ancient Indian Languages

There are more than one thousand languages in India and several thousand dialects. These include 418 listed languages, of which 407 are living languages and eleven are extinct. There are twenty two languages mentioned in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution as...

Gupta Style of Architecture

The Gupta Period (4th-7th A.D.) is often described as “the Golden Age of art and architecture in India”. The initial phase of the Gupta architecture was primarily Buddhist but in the later phase Hindu influence became dominant. Some of the finest images of Buddha are...

Fashion in India

In Indian culture, the body is invested with various meanings. This is reflected in its rich sculptural tradition where a language of poses as well as hand and leg positions developed to convey specific messages. Decorating the body is yet another way of conveying...

Religions of India

All major religions of the world are represented in India, although India is officially a secular state and has no state religion. India is the birthplace of four of the world’s major religions — namely Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. Three other...

Christianity in India

The exact date of the arrival of Christianity to India cannot be established with certainty. It is commonly believed that Christianity was introduced in India with the arrival of St. Thomas, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ, at the Malabar Coast in Kerala in 52...

Jews of India

India’s Unique Cultural Heritage NATIONAL SYMBOLS OF INDIA National Flag of India State Emblem of India National Anthem of India National Song of India National Calendar of India National Game of India National Animal of India National Bird of India National Tree of...

Performing Arts of India

India has a wide range of performing arts spread across its geography ranging from colourful dances to martial art forms.  The performing arts of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are described in greater detail in these sections. Performing Arts of Andhra Pradesh...

Socio-Cultural Institutions in India

  All India Radio (AIR) :  All India Radio (AIR) is a national broadcasting service planned, developed and operated by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting under the Government of India. The operations of All India Radio began formally in 1936 with the...
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