VIBRANT INDIAN CULTURE – A TYPICAL PARADIGM
This is the first part of our Incredible India series of 3 articles in which the first article emphasis on Indian history and culture.
“If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is INDIA” – Romaine Rolland (French Scholar)
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There are numerous theories about the evolution of earth and life on earth, but what is so mystical and curious is human life, its formation and the process of development. When we look at ourselves, we sometimes wonder our coming into the world through our mother’s wombs, crying as tiny babies and leaving at the end making all around us sad and crying for our bereavement. It is the life between the first breathe after birth and the last breathe before death rendering so many differences between us all, perpetuates the so called culture. Progression of development of primitive man into the present modern person has all through had so many ramifications. Primitive human societies in search of food, shelter and security were forced to scatter across the globe that leads to different civilizations and cultures. Among them are Indus valley civilization, Ganges and the Deccan Plateau which point out for a highly complex cultural prevalence in India.
Amazing Indian History
India being the fifth largest and second most populated country on the globe is proudly the home for rich and unique cultural heritage. There is an endless diversity in India in its physical form, geographical structure, races, demographics, religions, yoga, languages, art, craft, customs, traditions and beliefs. Underneath this diversity this great Indian civilization and social structure continued to thrive from ancient times to the present day modern India. Indian civilization, a highly sophisticated and urbanized culture on the face of earth, is 5000 years old and it has been adorned by migrating populations and different regimes of ruling. These forces over a period of time got absorbed into Indian way of life. This diversity is discernable from dress codes, cuisine, festivals, music, dance and other religious rituals. Geographically India is sort of an impregnable land of isolation and this shape has forced absorption of all migratory races and cultures that poured into it. The openings in the north-west namely the famous Khyber and Bolan passes winding the mountains separating India from the Iranian Plateau gave passage to migrating races, tribes and conquerors who contributed vastly to diversification of Indian culture.
Glorious Indian Culture
Indian philosophy and myth are distinctively indicative in Indian art that suggests rather than dictates or states. Indian art is highly communicative in the primary duty of mankind and very revealing in the reconstruction of the powers that maintain the galaxies and courses in the form of pictures, sculptures and architecture. Indian culture being one of the oldest is exclusive and diverse as there is an astonishing cultural mix in Indian society. Every state in India be it South, North or Southeast has carved out its own cultural distinctness and niche and there is no other country in the world that is as diverse and unique as India. Geographical features and climatic conditions in India are also as diverse as its culture. Some of the most ancient civilizations and cultures namely Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism originate from the Indian sub-continent. These cultures conjure up varying styles of living with characteristic influences.
Indian Languages & Festivals
When it comes to languages, most of the states speak different languages with varying accents within the same language. Official language of all these states is the language spoken by majority of people in the sate. Some of the languages, though not declared as official languages are vastly spoken by people. Some states have more than one official language, like Bihar in east with Hindi, Urdu and Bengali and Sikkim with four official languages. North and South India totally differ in matters of cuisine. South Indians mostly eat rice whereas wheat is eaten vastly in North India. Festivals are characterized with regional specific prayers and rituals in different colors, gaiety and enthusiasm in which Diwali is one of the most popular Indian festival. Apart from Diwali many Indians celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi, Janmashtami, Onam, Navratri,Vaisakhi & Holi in different regions of India. Music in its realm of local influences has a variety of classical, folk, pop and popular aroma. Carnatic and Hindustani are the two traditional classical music that have become world famous.
The uniqueness of Indian human mentality lies in their attitude and receiving. They are very hospitable people in matters of relations and honors. Mostly they do not like to utter the word ‘no’ nor imply it non-verbally in their attitude. They are, by and large docile and humble. If they do not like something or someone does a job that they do not like, they try to make excuses and go away, but never like to give negative replies. Indians attitude is soft and behavior is respectable and they are characteristically friendly people to mingle with.
Uniqueness of Indian culture also lies in the fact that it always managed to spread its rich elements of its own culture while giving room for absorption of foreign cultures in its dynamic and composite fold. Yet it has remained pure and its popularity among other nations has increased multifold due to its richness in content and values of human relations. The phrase ‘Unity in Diversity’ most aptly suits India as there is complete harmony in each of its cultural elements. World travelers like Hiuen Tsang, Fahien, Vasco da Gama, Marco Polo and many others were all fascinated by Indian culture, travelled in India extensively and paid rich tributes to India’s rich deep-rooted cultural heritage in their writings.