Architecture & Culture of India
Culture of India
Culture is derived from Latin term ‘cult or cultus’ meaning cultivating or refining and worship. The term ‘Sanskriti’ has been derived from the root ‘Kri (to do).
|Kri||Prakriti||basic matter or condition||When ‘prakriti’ is refined it becomes ‘Sanskriti’ and when broken or damaged it becomes ‘vikriti’|
|Sanskriti||refined matter or condition|
|vikriti||modified/ decayed matter or condition|
- Culture is a way of life → the way an individual and especially a group live, think, feel and organize themselves, celebrate and share life.
- Culture thus refers to a human-made environment which includes all the material and non-material products of group life that are transmitted from one generation to the next.
- In deeper sense it is culture that produces the kind of literature, music, dance, sculpture, architecture and various other art forms as well as the many organizations and structures that make the functioning of the society smooth and well-ordered.
- Culture is the expression of our nature in our modes of living and thinking.
|Self-restraint in conduct, consideration for the feelings of others, for the rights of others, are the highest marks of culture.|
Civilization vs Culture
|Making better ways of livingBending nature to fulfill our needs||Refers to the inner being, a refinement of head and heart|
|A poor man wearing cheap cloths may be considered uncivilized||Still he/she may be the most cultured person|
|A wealthy man may be considered as civilized||But he may not be cultured|
Civilization is advanced state of culture
- Culture inherited from our predecessors is called our cultural heritage.
- Humanity as a whole has inherited a culture which may be called human heritage.
- A nation also inherits a culture which may be termed as national cultural heritage.
- Culture is liable to change, but our heritage does not.
Architectural creations, material artifacts, intellectual achievements, philosophy, pleasure of knowledge, scientific inventions and discoveries are parts of heritage.
General Characteristics of Culture
- Culture is learned and acquired
- Culture is shared by a group of people
- Culture is cumulative
- Culture changes
- Culture is dynamic
- Culture gives us a range of permissible behaviour patterns
- Culture is diverse
- Culture is ideational
Importance of Culture in Human Life
- Human beings are creators of culture and, at the same time, culture is what makes us human.
- It defines our traditions, beliefs, & way of life → Spiritually & Materialistically
- The three universal values “Truth, Beauty and Goodness” are closely linked with culture.
Characteristics of Indian Culture
- A synthesis of various cultures came about through the ages to give shape to what is recognized as Indian culture today.
- Spirituality and value based life style is the core of Indian culture but it has a scientific temperament too.
- Unity in diversity is one of the major characteristics of Indian culture which makes it unique.
- Not a modern phenomenon → Since early Paleolithic times
- Rise & fall of different empires influenced the growth & evolution of Indian architecture
Architecture vs Sculpture
Classification of Indian Architecture