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From the Desk of SMART LEADERS IAS

Dear Aspirants,

           We are launching the second edition of our book ‘Indian Art and Culture’. India is one of the fewest countries in the world to have a glorious cultural past of more than 5000 years. The uniqueness of our culture is that it has elements of diversity and yet maintains a sense of unity. Another significant aspect of our culture is that it maintains a sense of continuity without any break from the Indus Valley Civilization till date. The preparation of an aspirant is incomplete without studying our cultural past.

             The new UPSC syllabus introduced in 2013 has given greater weightage to Indian Culture in Preliminary as well as Mains. This new edition has the contents as per the new requirements of Preliminary and Mains examination. Proper studying of the book will help you to score more marks not only in Prelims and Mains but also in interview. Preparing a comprehensive and synthesized study material for a diverse topic like Indian Culture is a laborious task. We have tried our best to provide simplified material without compromising the content. We have also added relevant pictures for better understanding.

Use this material appropriately and achieve success in this examination.

Wish you all the best!

Regards, S.SIVARAJAVEL M.A.SADIK FOUNDER-DIRECTORS

Table of Content

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 PART-A 
1CULTURE OF INDIA: INTRODUCTION05
2INDIAN SOCIETY AND CULTURE09
3INDIAN PHILOSOPHY25
4RELIGIONS IN INDIA29
5INDIAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE42
6RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS OF 15TH& 16TH CENTURY62
7SOCIO-RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS OF MODERN INDIA72
 PART-B 
8INDIAN ARCHITECTURE78
9INDIAN SCULPTURE109
10INDIAN PAINTING118
11INDIAN POTTERY132
 PART-C 
12INDIAN MUSIC134
13INDIAN DANCE169
14INDIAN THEATRE182
15INDIAN PUPPETRY192
16INDIAN CIRCUS196
 PART-D 
17INDIAN CINEMA201
18MEDIA206
19INDIAN ARTS AND CRAFTS201
20FESTIVALS AND FAIRS OF INDIA214
21CALENDER221
22ORGANISATIONS FOR CULTURAL ACTIVITIES225
23CULTURAL ASPECTS IN VARIOUS FIELDS233