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Indian Art

Indian art has a rich history that can be dated back approximately 5 millennia. There are many different forms of Indian art that are still created today and many of them fetch a hefty price form international art lovers and investors. Indian art has changed over the centuries and it is interesting to see how religion has affected the cultural aspects of art. This essay will discuss some of the historic factors as well as a particular type of ancient Indian art that is very popular today.

>History of Indian art

Indian art dates back to as far as 3000BC. There is still to this day evidence of cave paintings in the regions where ancient Indians lived. One example of these cave paintings is the Ellora paintings. There are only five Ellora caves where these paintings can be found and all five of them are enclosed inside a temple as a form of preservation. People from all over the world visit this site to take in the vast historic influence these paintings convey.


A form of Indian art that is especially interesting is the painting of pictures on various parts of houses. There are very few limitations to where this art can be displayed. Floors, ceilings, walls, and even pavements are used as canvasses to exhibit some of the most beautiful art in existence today. No one is sure when this art originated, but it is believed to be thousands of years old—yet still popular enough to exist today.

Islamic influence of art

Much of ancient Indian painting has its roots in religious belief. It is especially interesting to note how Indian art changed during the reign of the Mughal Empire. During this time, more art that was influenced by Islam started to appear, and much of it is still with us today. Whereas Hindu and Buddhist art was aimed at subjects such as Buddha, Krishna, and erotic portrayals; the art painted by converted Muslims was way more modest.

Looking at Indian art is one dimension of enjoying it. However, there is another dimension that involves understanding where it came from and what the times were like back then. Another aspect is how that art was influenced by the people who created it. When we look at all these aspects put together, we get a full blend of rich the culture and talent that is hard to ignore.