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Syllabus Topic:

Salient aspects of Art, Architecture, literature from Ancient to Modern Times


  • Highlight the Central Asian and Greco -Bactrian elements in Gandhara art. (10m,150 words) 2019
  • Safeguarding the Indian art heritage is the need of the moment. Discuss. 2018
  • Assess the importance of the accounts of the Chinese and Arab travellers in the reconstruction of the history of India. 2018
  • The Bhakti movement received a remarkable re-orientation with the advent of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Discuss. 2018
  • How do you justify the view that the level of excellence of Gupta numismatic art is not at all noticeable in later times? 2017
  • Early Buddhist Stupa-art, while depicting folk motifs and narratives successfully expounds Buddhist ideals. Elucidate. 2016
  • Krishnadeva Raya, the King of Vijayanagar, was not only an accomplished scholar himself but was also a great patron of learning and literature. Discuss. 2016
  • The ancient civilization in Indian sub-continent differed from those of Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece in that its culture and traditions have been preserved without a breakdown to the present day. Comment. 2015
  • Mesolithic rock cut architecture of India not only reflects the cultural life of the times but also a tine aesthetic sense comparable to modem painting. Critically evaluate this comment. 2015
  • To what extent has the urban planning and culture of the Indus Valley Civilization provided inputs to the present day urbanization? Discuss. 2014
  • Gandhara sculpture owed as much to the Romans as to the Greeks. Explain. 2014
  • Taxila university was one of the oldest universities of the world with which were associated a number of renowned learned personalities of different disciplines. Its strategic location caused its fame to flourish, but unlike Nalanda, it is not considered as a university in the modern sense. Discuss. 2014
  • Sufis and medieval mystic saints failed to modify either the religious ideas and practices or the outward structure of Hindu / Muslim societies to any appreciable extent. Comment. 2014
  • Though not very useful from the point of view of a connected political history of South India, the Sangam literature portrays the social and economic conditions of its time with remarkable vividness. Comment. 2013
  • Discuss the Tandava dance as recorded in the early Indian inscriptions. 2013
  • Chola architecture represents a high watermark in the evolution of temple architecture. Discuss. 2013
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