The rich heritage of Rajasthan manifests itself in its unique art and culture. The latticed havelis, ornate palaces and intricately carved temples, the architectural beauty of forts and palaces symbolize the skills of its artists. On the other hand, its colourful fairs & festivals with traditional dance and music represent a unique culture of this vibrant state.
It is a land of exotic art & crafts and festivals which will fascinate every traveller. Every fair and festival is a reflection of its rich art and craft in terms of bazaars, music, dance, cuisine, sport events, which provides an opportunity to gain an insight view of the life & culture of Rajasthan. Its art can be seen in terms of handicraft items made of stone, clay, leather, wood, ivory, glass, silver, gold, brass and textiles.
Each region of Rajasthan has adifferent and diverse form of art & culture to present its visitors.
Folk dance inÂ IndiaÂ is a term broadly used to describe all forms of folk and tribal dances in regions across India. WhileÂ Indian classical danceÂ is considered a higher form of art and was practiced in courts, temples and on special occasions, folk dance forms are practiced in groups in rural areas as an expression of their daily work and rituals. They are performed on religious or seasonal festivals. Some of the popular folk dances that are performed across villages and cities areÂ Bhangra,Â Garba,Â KalbeliaÂ andÂ Bihu.
Â Folk Music:
Â Indian classical musicÂ refers to theÂ art musicÂ of theÂ Indian subcontinent. The origins of Indian classical music can be found in theÂ Vedas, which are the oldestÂ scripturesÂ in theÂ HinduÂ tradition. The Samaveda was derived from theÂ RigvedaÂ so that itsÂ hymnsÂ could be sung asÂ Samagana. These hymns wereÂ sungÂ byÂ UdgatarÂ priests at sacrifices in which theÂ SomaÂ ritual drink, clarified and mixed with milk and other ingredients, was offered in libation to various deities.
Â Indian paintings reflect opulent culture and heritage of the country. Ideas and expressions of artists are articulated through paintings. India is a geographically and culturally diverse country. As a result the paintings of India reflect different methodology and materials, but the basic concept or theme behind all the forms of paintings remain the same. Indian paintings boast of human figures and the beauty revolving around life. These paintings depict very much the time they were created in. Thus every painting has a very time specific message.
India cuisineÂ orÂ Indian foodÂ encompasses a wide variety of regional cuisines native toÂ India. Given the range of diversity in soil type, climate and occupations, these cuisines vary significantly from each other and use locally available Â spices, Â herbs, Â vegetablesÂ andÂ fruits. Indian food is also heavily influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions.The development of these cuisines have been shaped byÂ DharmicÂ beliefs, and in particular by vegetarianism, which is a growing dietary trend in Indian society.Â There has also been Central Asian influence on North Indian cuisine from the years ofÂ MughalÂ rule.Indian cuisine has been and is still evolving, as a result of the nation’s cultural interactions with other societies.
India is a land of diversities. This diversity is also visible in the spheres of religion. The major religions of India are Hinduism (majority religion), Islam (largest minority religion), Sikhism, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and the BahÃ¡’Ã Faith. India is a land where people of different religions and cultures live in harmony. This harmony is seen in the celebration of festivals. The message of love and brotherhood is expressed by all the religions and cultures of India.
Fairs And Festivals:
The colourful mosaic of Indian festivals and fairs â€“ as diverse as the land, is an expression of the spirit of celebration that is an essential part of the country. Observed with enthusiasm and gaiety, festivals are like gems, ornamenting the crown of Indian culture. Packed with fun and excitement, festivals are occasions to clean and decorate houses, to get together gifts. New attire, dance music and ritual, all add to their joyful rhythm. It is a time for prayer, for pageantry and processionâ€¦ a time to rejoice