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Ancient History and Art & Culture

  • 12 Oct 2023
  • 5 min read


1. Explain the role of geographical factors towards the development of Ancient India.

2. Do you think marriage as a sacrament is loosing its value in Modern India?

3. What were the major technological changes introduced during the Sultanate period? How did those technological changes influence the Indian society?


1. How will you explain that Medieval Indian temple sculptures represent the social life of those days?

2. Discuss the main contributions of Gupta period and Chola period to Indian heritage and culture.

3. Discuss the significance of the lion and bull figures in Indian mythology, art and architecture.


1. Evaluate the nature of Bhakti Literature and its contribution to Indian culture.

2. Trace the rise and growth of socio-religious reform movements with special reference to Young Bengal and Brahmo Samaj.


1. The rock-cut architecture represents one of the most important sources of our knowledge of early Indian art and history. Discuss.

2. Pala period is the most significant phase in the history of Buddhism in India. Enumerate.

3. Indian philosophy and tradition played a significant role in conceiving and shaping the monuments and their art in India. Discuss.

4. Persian literary sources of medieval India reflect the spirit of the age. Comment.


1. Safeguarding the Indian art heritage is the need of the moment. Discuss.

2. The Bhakti movement received a remarkable re-orientation with the advent of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Discuss.

3. Assess the importance of the accounts of the Chinese and Arab travellers in the reconstruction of the history of India.


1. How do you justify the view that the level of excellence of the Gupta numismatic art is not at all noticeable in later times?


1. Early Buddhist Stupa-art, while depicting folk motifs and narratives successfully expounds Buddhist ideals. Elucidate.

2. Krishnadeva Raya, the King of Vijayanagar, was not only an accomplished scholar himself but was also a great patron of learning and literature. Discuss.


1. 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.

2. Mesolithic rock cut architecture of India not only reflects the cultural life of the times but also a fine aesthetic sense comparable to modern painting. Critically evaluate this comment.


1. To what extent has the urban planning and culture of the Indus Valley Civilization provided inputs to the present day urbanization? Discuss.

2. Gandhara sculpture owed as much to the Romans as to the Greeks. Explain.

3. 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.

4. 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.


1. 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.

2. (a) Discuss the ‘Tandava’ dance as recorded in early Indian inscriptions.

(b) Chola architecture represents a high watermark in the evolution of temple architecture. Discuss.

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