India is a country where some of the world’s major religions, such as Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam, have either begun or flourished. This rich diversity of culture due to religions has influenced ancient art to a lot of extent. Much of Indian art is  based on the depictions of religious epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata, Lord’s krishna’s life and so on. 

A variety of Indian art forms include manuscripts, Indian wall art, folk paintings, sculpture, pottery, along with various textile arts (like cloth painting, woven silk, etc.) Classical Indian Paintings and art styles have been passed down from generation to generation and depict the diverse and distinct culture of a variety of art forms. Indian Art is all unique, admirable, and inimitable in its might.

Origin of Indian Art

Indian art dates back to the existence of the oldest known civilizations that originated in the Indian peninsula. Archaeologists have discovered evidence of prehistoric rock art carvings that date back at least 30,000 years. Bhimbetka rock art is the oldest petroglyph found in central India. These consist of cupules, which were the primary form of cave painting throughout the Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic periods.

The earliest known Indian art sculptures known to us were produced by the Indus Valley Civilization, in which they created small terracotta and bronze figures that also represented humans and animals such as cows and monkeys. 

The rise of Buddhism in the 6th century started religious-themed art, often in the form of stone and bronze sculptures with Greek-influenced columns majorly used in temples. Apart from these the Rajasthani folk art which consisted of depiction of Royal patronage during Rajput and Mughal raj that evolved during the 12th-17th century, also passed down the ancient culture in the form of handmade art.

Ode to Heritage

India has a rich history of traditional art forms from across the country and different periods. Folk painting forms like Madhubani, Miniature Paintings, Gond, Warli, and Tanjore are just a few artistic styles that celebrate local themes and cultures, entertaining people with their stories and sharing the warmth of the local people. Art is central to vintage Indian style as it captures the spirit of the contemporary space in the frames of centuries past.  

 Indian Art is Vintage and will Forever be

Indian art is eternal, celebrating love, age-old traditions, and cultures. India’s miniature art tradition, like Baz Bahadur and Rupmati Riding at Night from Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh, a set of four ‘Ragamala’ paintings from early 18th-century Basohli, are classic examples of how love, art, poetry, and music merged in classical Indian art. 

Ancient Indian art has timeless grace and presence that can enrapture one through history with feet firmly rooted in the now. An evergreen staple for Indian art is deep-rooted in its heritage and culture. Indian artworks pay homage to many traditional and folk styles from across India, showcasing the country’s diversity, ranging from caves of Ajanta to the royal courts of kings, the banks of Banaras to the tribal art of village-folk. 

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Indian art and vintage culture are inseparable from each other, and such is the beauty of the outcome that we have in the form of ancient art, that it draws us back to the era in which it was created.

November 24, 2021