India- the country, which has been augmented with cultural values for 4500 years is playing an important role to preserve Indian heritage. India has manifested evolutionary foot-step in every sectors. The greatness of our country is that India has accepted different rituals, customs and styles of the invaders and the amalgamation of language, religion, music, dance, architecture, sculptures is seen in all traits.
Sanskrit, an ancient Indo-European language was used previously in India. Now Indian constitution has recognized 23 official languages in this country. But more than 19,500 languages are enunciated in all over India.
The primeval Indian religion was based on Hinduism. Along with it Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism are seen to preach by Indians. Islam is the largest non-Indian religion (13%). In modern period, Christians are more than 2% of India’s population. Every religion has its own essence and ethnicities and to top it all, various religious festivals are celebrated by Indians where there is no boundaries to one religion whether it is Christmas, Eid or Diwali. Indians who accepts the best from all religions believe “Atithi Devo Bhavah”. Indians have inherited this uniqueness of hospitability from their ancestors.
In India every state has their own signature cuisine which mirrors their culture and culinary reputation. Indian cuisine is also influenced by other countries. Every community has their own cooking styles. Like people of south India prefer coconuts in their recipes, people of western part like fried dishes, Bengal is renowned for sweets where Punjabi people prefer spicy cuisine.
There are also some traditional customs to serve food on fresh banana leaves or to serve in Thali (wholesome food) is a significant part of Indian culture.
INDIAN ARCHITECTURE AND ART:
The rich heritage of Indian architecture has got the worldwide acknowledgement and it has left its impression on their civilization. Starting from the rock-cut or cave architecture to religious architecture like temples, stupas, tombs, monuments or other structures are the evidence of extensive town planning and portrayal of the cultural values to colonize people. Indian architecture highlights different periods of history from North to South India. India has also adopted colonial architecture through civic and utilitarian buildings.
India is the epitome of traditional forms of music, dance, literature, sculpture and painting. All these art forms have mythological inspirations which are intermingled with the ethnic heritage. Indian people should perpetuate the cultural richness. Folk and tribal art forms have also secured the cultural identity in the international provinces.
Every part of India has inimitable cultural essence through which Indians preserve a strong nexus with their community. From Mongols to McDonalds, India has accepted all the progressive changes without losing its rich traditional legacy.