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The Renaissance in India and Other Essays on Indian culture

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About The Renaissance in India and Other Essays on Indian Culture A defence of Indian civilisation and culture, with essays on Indian spirituality, religion, art, literature, and polity. Sri Aurobindo began the ‘Foundations’ series as an appreciative review of Sir John Woodroffe’s book, ‘Is India Civilised?’, continued it with a rebuttal of the hostile criticisms of William Archer in ‘India and Its Future’, and concluded it with his own estimation of India’s civilisation and culture. In Sri Aurobindo’s view India is one of the greatest of the world’s civilisations because of its high spiritual aim and the effective manner in which it has impressed this aim on the forms and rhythms of its life. “A spiritual aspiration was the governing force of this culture”, he wrote, “its core of thought, its ruling passion. Not only did it make spirituality the highest aim of life, but it even tried…to turn the whole of life towards spirituality.” Sri Aurobindo held that an aggressive defence of India culture was necessary to counter the invasion of the predominantly materialistic modern Western culture. His Foundations is precisely such a defence. Contents: Part I: The Issue; Is India Civilised?; Part II: A Rationalistic Critic on Indian Culture; Part III: A Defence of Indian Culture; Indian Culture and External Influence; The Renaissance in India. Subjects: Indology, Philosophy, Religion, Political Thought, Art, Literature. Extract A true happiness in this world is the right terrestrial aim of man, and true happiness lies in the finding and maintenance of a natural harmony of spirit, mind and body. A culture is to be valued to the extent to which it has discovered the right key of this harmony and organised its expressive motives and movements. And a civilisation must be judged by the manner in which all its principles, ideas, forms, ways of living work to bring that harmony out, manage its rhythmic play and secure its continuance or the development of its motives. A civilisation in pursuit of this aim may be predominantly material like modern European culture, predominantly mental and intellectual like the old Graeco-Roman or predominantly spiritual like the still persistent culture of India. India’s central conception is that of the Eternal, the Spirit here incased in matter, involved and immanent in it and evolving on the material plane by rebirth of the individual up the scale of being till in mental man it enters the world of ideas and realm of conscious morality, dharma. This achievement, this victory over unconscious matter develops its lines, enlarges its scope, elevates its levels until the increasing manifestation of the sattwic or spiritual portion of the vehicle of mind enables the individual mental being in man to identify himself with the pure spiritual consciousness beyond Mind. India’s social system is built upon this conception; her philosophy formulates it; her religion is an aspiration to the spiritual consciousness and its fruits; her art and literature have the same upward look; her whole Dharma or law of being is founded upon it. Progress she admits, but this spiritual progress, not the externally self-unfolding process of an always more and more prosperous and efficient material civilisation. It is her founding of life upon this exalted conception and her urge towards the spiritual and the eternal that constitute the distinct value of her civilisation. And it is her fidelity, with whatever human shortcomings, to this highest ideal that has made her people a nation apart in the human world (p.2) T



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    Indian Culture: Essay, Speech, Article, Paragraph, Short Note

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    Indian Culture: Essay, Speech, Article, Paragraph, Short Note

    Introduction to Indian Culture [Essay on Indian Culture]

    Indian Culture: India is a diverse nation of different religion, culture, tradition, food and living style. It is mostly famous for its population, film industry, food and inventions. India has so many interesting and amazing facts to boast upon. Home to the Indus valley civilization, the Indian subcontinent is identified by its cultural wealth and trade routes. India is also known as Incredible India .

    Facts and figures about Indian Culture

    India is the 2nd largest population in the world with 1.324 billion people which includes different religion from all over the world. India’s population consists of majority Hindus followed by Muslims then Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism and other minor religions. As per the recent report of UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, China and India contribute to 19 and 18 percent of the world’s entire population respectively. It also stated that India will surpass China’s population roughly by 2024. In the previous report released in 2015, this was expected to happen in 2022.

    No wonder, India is a big centre of attraction for the world but it’s not just population which allures attention but also because Indians are considered very active and devoted towards their responsibilities. And this can be seen by their active involvement in every field from sports to science to entertainment.The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has set various milestones from entering the Mars orbit in the first attempt with a budget ($74 million) lower than the Hollywood movie “ Gravity” to launching 104 satellites in one go successfully. Not just science but Indians are very good sportsperson too. The most popular sports in India is cricket which was introduced by the British to not just Indians but the world and it is also a misconception that cricket is the national sports of India. Cricket is the game of the English and it is interesting that they have won only one World cup, that too, a T20 world cup whereas Indians were never defeated in Kabaddi, a game originated in India, and India has won all the kabaddi world cups. Not just cricket and kabaddi, Indians are very good sportsmen when it comes to badminton, boxing, golf etc.

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    Indian Culture: Essay, Speech, Article, Paragraph, Short Note

    Essay On Indian Culture

    Music and Dance In India

    India is renowned for its music, art and dances universally. There are several Indian classical dance forms that have a historical and mythological root which India has introduced the world to viz. Kathak, Kathakali, Odissi, Manipuri, Kuchipudi. These dance forms have traditional and cultural importance as these dance forms represent different traditions and their éclat. A dance, which ever genre it belongs to, is incomplete without music.

    India has its own music which finds its root in the ancient India and has genre consisting of Classical, Folk, Bhajan (devotional song), Ghazal, Qawwali etc. India finds its place in modern music too viz. Bhangra, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Trance etc. The Indian states have their own folk music and traditional dance which represents their culture, way of living and history, like Bihugeet of Assam, Garba of Gujarat, Lavani of Maharashtra, Bhajan-Kirtan of Bihar and other North Indian states, Bhavageete of Karnataka, Bhangra of Punjab. The Uttarakhandi music has its roots in nature. The folk music is related to the festivals, ancient stories. The musical instruments consist of Dhol, Dholak, Tabla, Shehnai, Sitar, Tanpura, Veena, Pungi, Flute etc. The Indian music is based on two categories viz. Hindustani, popular in Northern, Western and Eastern India and Carnatic, renowned in the South.

    Indian Culture: Diversity in Food

    After music and dance it’s time for some mouth-watering cuisine and the Indian kitchen takes the trophy here too because the Indian cuisine list is infinite. The kitchen is adorned with dishes from different states which spreads the aroma and the beauty of each state. You must be familiar with Shahi paneer, Tandoori chicken, Paneer tikka, Butter chicken but there are many lesser known dishes to make you grumpy viz. Chicken Dak Bungalow, Kanchipuram Idli, Chaman Kaliya, Murgh Musallam, Kashmiri Veth Chaman, Locho etc.

    Conclusion on Speech on Indian Culture

    India is a multi-lingual, multi-traditional, multi-cultural, multi-functional society which eventually makes her a multi-talented nation. India’s identity is her “Unity in Diversity” and “Atithi Devo Bhava” which adds grace to India’s glory.

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