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history of IndiaHistory of India

Archaeological excavations in the 1920s uncovered the remains of two major ancient cities: Harappa on the Ravi river and Mohenjo-Daro on the Indus. These two towns were the work of a highly developed civilisation that emerged around 5000 years BCE and is now called the Indus Valley civilisation or the Harappan civilisation. It was one of the world’s first civilisations, contemporary with those of Mesopotamia and Egypt…

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langages of indiaLanguages of India

With nearly 1600 languages and dialects, India is one of the most diverse countries in the world linguistically. 22 of them are officially recognized by the Indian Constitution…

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religions of indiaReligions of India

India is a land of diversity, and nowhere more so than in its spiritual life. The sacred is so constantly present in India that it’s a surprise to learn that according to its constitution it is a secular democratic republic…

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indian musicMusic of India

 

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Baratha NatyamDance in India

Dance, like music, is a deeply rooted part of Indian culture. The earliest written traces of it are in the Vedas and the Natya Shastra, an ancient treatise of the performing arts. We distinguish two types of dances: Classical dance and folk dance…

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Ajanta cavesArchitecture of India

From caves, temples and mosques to palaces and stupas, India boasts an architectural diversity like no other country in the world. This incredibly rich heritage has developed over nearly 4000 years, during which time India absorbed many different political, religious and artistic influences…

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thali foodIndian Cookery

Indian cookery with its delicate flavours and subtle spice combinations is among the world’s most flavoursome. Each region of the subcontinent has its own culinary traditions, making Indian cookery amazingly rich and varied…

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cinemaIndian Cinema

There can be no discussion of Indian culture without mention of Indian cinema. India produces more films than any other country – nearly 1000 a year, screened in more than 10,000 cinemas and attracting some 30 million cinema-goers per day! Film industries around the world can only envy such dizzying statistics…

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