Culture of India

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The culture of India refers collectively to the thousands of distinct and unique cultures of all religions and communities present in India.wikipedia
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Architecture of India

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India's languages, religions, dance, music, architecture, food and customs differ from place to place within the country.
The architecture of India is rooted in its history, culture and religion.

India

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The culture of India refers collectively to the thousands of distinct and unique cultures of all religions and communities present in India.
India's wildlife, which has traditionally been viewed with tolerance in India's culture, is supported among these forests, and elsewhere, in protected habitats.

Islam in India

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Although India is a secular Hindu-majority country, it has a large Muslim population.
Islam mainly arrived in North India and Bengal in the 12th century via the Turkic conquests and has since become a part of India's religious and cultural heritage, with the Delhi Sultanate and Mughal Empire having ruled most of India and the Bengal Sultanate and Deccan sultanates having played major economic and political roles.

Bowing

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The word is derived from Sanskrit (namah): to bow, reverential salutation, and respect, and (te): "to you".
It is especially prominent in Nepal, India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam where it may be executed standing or kneeling.

Pranāma

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Indian greetings are based on Añjali Mudrā, including Pranāma and Puja.
It is found in Indian culture and Hindu traditions.

Greater India

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Many elements of India's diverse cultures, such as Indian religions, philosophy, cuisine, languages, dance, music and movies have a profound impact across the Indosphere, Greater India and the world.
It is seen in the Indian namasté and similar gestures known throughout Southeast Asia; its cognates include the Cambodian sampeah, the Indonesian sembah, the Japanese gassho and Thai wai.

Kerala

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Muslims are present throughout India, with large populations in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Kerala, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Assam; while only Jammu and Kashmir and Lakshadweep have majority Muslim populations. The eight classical forms accorded classical dance status by India's National Academy of Music, Dance, and Drama are: bharatanatyam of the state of Tamil Nadu, kathak of Uttar Pradesh, kathakali and mohiniattam of Kerala, kuchipudi of Andhra Pradesh, yakshagana of Karnataka, manipuri of Manipur, odissi (orissi) of the state of Odisha and the sattriya of Assam.
The culture of Kerala is composite and cosmopolitan in nature and it is an integral part of Indian culture.

Dance in India

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India's languages, religions, dance, music, architecture, food and customs differ from place to place within the country. Many elements of India's diverse cultures, such as Indian religions, philosophy, cuisine, languages, dance, music and movies have a profound impact across the Indosphere, Greater India and the world.
As with other aspects of Indian culture, different forms of dances originated in different parts of India, developed according to the local traditions and also imbibed elements from other parts of the country.

Demographics of India

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According to the 2011 census, 79.8% of the population of India practice Hinduism.

Carnatic music

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The Samaveda, and other Hindu texts, heavily influenced India's classical music tradition, which is known today in two distinct styles: Carnatic and Hindustani music.
Like all art forms in Indian culture, Indian classical music is believed to be a divine art form which originated from the Devas and Devis (Hindu Gods and Goddesses), and is venerated as symbolic of.

Sari

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Popular styles of dress include draped garments such as sari and mekhela sador for women and dhoti or lungi or panche (in Kannada) for men.
Saris are worn as uniforms by the female hotel staff of many five-star luxury hotels in India as the symbol of Indian culture.

Mumbai

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Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai, Mysore Palace has on display a few good Indian paintings.
Mumbai's business opportunities, as well as its potential to offer a higher standard of living, attract migrants from all over India, making the city a melting pot of many communities and cultures.

Akshardham (Delhi)

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Recent creations such as the Lotus Temple, Golden Pagoda and Akshardham, and the various modern urban developments of India like Bhubaneswar and Chandigarh, are notable.
Also referred to as Akshardham Temple or Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture.

Puja (Hinduism)

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Indian greetings are based on Añjali Mudrā, including Pranāma and Puja.

Delhi Sultanate

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The Qutb complex, a group of monuments constructed by successive sultanas of the Delhi Sultanate is one of the earliest examples.
During and in the Delhi Sultanate, there was a synthesis of Indian civilization with that of Islamic civilization, and the further integration of the Indian subcontinent with a growing world system and wider international networks spanning large parts of Afro-Eurasia, which had a significant impact on Indian culture and society, as well as the wider world.

Beef

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Though a significant portion of Indian food is vegetarian, many Indian dishes also include meats like chicken, mutton, beef (both cow and buffalo), pork and fish, egg and other seafood.
Bovines have a sacred status in India especially the cow, from the idealization due to their provision of sustenance for families.

Namaste

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Indian greetings are based on Añjali Mudrā, including Pranāma and Puja.

Indian classical dance

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The eight classical forms accorded classical dance status by India's National Academy of Music, Dance, and Drama are: bharatanatyam of the state of Tamil Nadu, kathak of Uttar Pradesh, kathakali and mohiniattam of Kerala, kuchipudi of Andhra Pradesh, yakshagana of Karnataka, manipuri of Manipur, odissi (orissi) of the state of Odisha and the sattriya of Assam.

Spear

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The ancient Tamil Sangam literature mentions that between 400 BCE and 600 CE, soldiers from southern India received special martial arts training which revolved primarily around the use of spear (vel), sword (val) and shield (kedaham).
Spears in the Indian society were used both in missile and non-missile form, both by cavalry and foot-soldiers.

Qi

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Though Vastu is conceptually similar to Feng Shui in that it also tries to harmonise the flow of energy, (also called life-force or Prana in Sanskrit and Chi/Ki in Chinese/Japanese), through the house, it differs in the details, such as the exact directions in which various objects, rooms, materials, etc. are to be placed.
Prana in Hinduism and Indian culture, chi in the Igbo religion, pneuma in ancient Greece, mana in Hawaiian culture, lüng in Tibetan Buddhism, manitou in the culture of the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

Southeast Asia

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A number of Indian architectural features such as the temple mound or stupa, temple spire or shikhara, temple tower or pagoda and temple gate or torana, have become famous symbols of Asian culture, used extensively in East Asia and South East Asia.
The region's chief cultural influences have been from some combination of Islam, India, and China.

Atithi Devo Bhava

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South Indian culture

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Languages of India

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India's languages, religions, dance, music, architecture, food and customs differ from place to place within the country. Many elements of India's diverse cultures, such as Indian religions, philosophy, cuisine, languages, dance, music and movies have a profound impact across the Indosphere, Greater India and the world.