Here very nice words written by American philosopher about Indian culture.
“It is true that even across the Himalayan barrier India has sent to us such unquestionable gifts as grammar and logic, philosophy and fables, hypnotism and chess, and above all our numerals and our decimal system. But these are not the essence of her spirit; they are trifles compared to what we may learn from her in the future.” Will Durant (American philosopher)
With a population of over a billion and cultures numbering more than a hundred, India is without a doubt the most colorful tapestry ever woven. The canvas called India stands testimony to the land’s greatness and depths of richness like no other.
India as a civilization has given much to the world in terms of heritage and ethnic diversity, and notwithstanding the thread of unity that binds its people from north to south and east to west, serves as a classical example of tolerance and mutual respect.
The sights, smells and sounds of India are becoming widely known and acclaimed thanks to technological advancements.
Leading the way
Sounds of India
Echoing all over the world, the Vedic ragas bring peace to listeners who swear by the calming and healing powers of the same. Hindustani classical music is considered to have a rounded effect, being able to infuse confidence and enthusiasm and lull the mind into a state of relaxation with equal ease.
Dance like no one’s watching
Varied dance forms enrich Indian culture. From Kathak to Kathakali and Bharata natyam to Kuchipudi, there is nothing more rewarding than to watch professional dancers bring to life the Indian heritage all over again with their intricate and graceful charm.
Splash me with your colors
The tradition of painting in India can be traced back to the rock paintings of the pre historic era. Adding to the picture are the Madhubanis, Miniatures, Pahari paintings, cave paintings of Ajanta and Ellora and the Tanjore paintings which are the most popular form of South Indian paintings.
Stone and bronze figures unearthed from the Indus valley speak volumes about the craftsmanship attained by the Harappan civilization. Sculptures from the 4th to 14th centuries indicate fusion of Indian and Greek models.
Indian architecture is a great example and proof of the richness of heritage, as in and around the country, one can easily spot buildings and forts suggesting Portuguese, Mughal, Victorian and Greek influences.
Cuisine and Attire
Delectable flavorful food and exquisite clothes, finest spun cotton and silk and intricate jewellery have been the face of India for a long time now. India boasts of more cuisines and dressing styles than any other nation in the world and this is what also, in part draws tourists to the land of Maharajas.
There are more than four major religions followed in India and with more than 22 recognized official languages as well as four classical languages including Sanskrit, India is truly united in diversity.
Ahead of the time
Despite the rich ethnic and historical heritage, India as a cultural assembly of people is a very progressive one. Open to western and far eastern influences, the fabric of Indian way of life is constantly enriched by fusion music and dance forms, modern art and architecture, colloquial modifications and the most significant of all, a mutual understanding among people of all faiths and languages.
Indian culture is finding its way around the world with yoga and meditation, traditional art forms, modern- classical literature and a little bit of everything thrown in together in a harmonious picture of beauty and timeless charm, enchanting people as they come across the magic of all things associated with the land of the Vedas.