Appreciating the great Indian art forms

If you ask us, art and Single Malt, are a great pairing. To understand the poetic beauty of either, you need to be one with it. Only then will the masterpiece reveals its secrets to you. The subtle play of colours, the drama of textures and the hidden story will come alive to mesmerize you.

But to truly appreciate Indian art, one needs to understand the history behind it. The uniqueness of our art forms stems from myriad influences, layered over centuries.
The earliest evidence of art in India dates back to over 5000 years. Like the country and its people, the art forms are diverse, rich and steeped in cultural nuances. A multitude of mediums have been used for expression. Muses ranged from religious myths to philosophical discourses, from social commentary to royal might. The canvas of imagination was awe-inspiring.

Each generation and century brought in a new form of art, elevated an existing one or married it with another. From the sparse terracotta figurines of the Indus valley civilization to the intricate, erotic sculptures of Khajuraho, the journey of Indian art is simply amazing. The temples of each dynasty stood testimony to the brilliance of its artists. The influence of foreign invaders was evident too. It brought changes in stylistics. Architecture was inspired, and borrowed ideas from the Greeks, Persians, Mughals and later, even the Europeans.

A mere blog will never do justice to the great history of our art. So over the next few weeks, we will give you glimpses into each generation’s brilliance and what made them so special. Pick your favourite Indian Single Malt and enjoy the beauty of Indian art.

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