Hinduism and Fine Arts

There is a close association between Hinduism and fine arts. From the ancient period, when Hinduism was not yet formally established, the proto-Hindu culture of the Sindhu-Saraswati civilization exhibits an abundance of artistic skill and craftsmanship. As long as five thousand years ago, the direction in which the people were moving was clear by their activities: the design pattern of the housing in the upper and lower regions of the city, the ingenious drainage system, the large community baths, the storage facilities for agricultural products, the seals, the aesthetically beautiful sculptures, the production of ultra-fine clothing, and the large variety of aromatic spices for their gourmet cooking.

 

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Fine arts and religion have been intricately connected in the Hindu society through ages. Even, in the modern period, the classical dance patterns of Bharat Natyam, Mohiniyattam, Kuchipudi, and the folk dances of Navratri, Raas Garba etc. are linked to the religion in a meaningful manner. In recent times, these art forms have touched new heights; they have become very popular in many countries outside India. With an international outreach and Bollywood connections, these arts now have frequently mind-boggling budgets. Often, the country’s most celebrated artists perform with worship rituals, dedicating their art to deities in a most devoted manner. All over the world, Hindu temples exhibit exquisite and spectacular forms of fine arts. The gorgeous and elegant forms of their architecture, sculpture, and painting etc. are unmatched. The idols of deities during Ganpati and Durga Puja are sometimes so colossal and magnificent nowadays that it becomes almost impossible for visitors, especially the non-Hindus, to imagine that these would be simply immersed in water and dissolved after the end of the ceremonial period of only a few days!