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Art pervades every facet of Indian life, is found on every byway of Indian Civilization.
Indian art in its purest form is Yoga, a disciplined style of worship and self-restraint that may also be thought of as India's oldest indigenous "science." Shiva, the " Great God" of yogic practice, visually represented as "King of Dance" (Nataraja), is the most remarkable single symbol of divine powers ever created by Indian artistic genius.
But the Infinite and Unconditioned cannot be expressed in finite terms; and art, unable to portray Divinity unconditioned, and unwilling to be limited by the limitation of humanity, is in India dedicated to the representation of Gods, who to finite man represent comprehensible aspects of an infinite whole.
We do not know the name of a single genius among the many who brought gods to life in the Ellora, Ajanta or Elephanta, Karli caves or those who created the Chola Natarajas as magnificent as any work by Benvenuto Cellini."The man who knows nothing of music, literature, or art is no better than a beast," ancient Hindu wisdom warned, "only without a beast's tail or teeth." The arts of Civilization's armor, her weapons and shield against all the pitfalls of life, lighting the darkest corner of the trail, helping us to cross its most dangerous passes.Indian wisdom has always extolled art as a key to the salvation of ultimate release sought by all good Hindus.This monumental anonymity is indeed writ large on the brow of our civilization."Indian art has contributed a unique chapter in the history of human civilization", says E. The architecture that created the temples of Madurai, Tanjore, Khajuraho, Orissa, the rock-cut pagodas of Mahabalipuram, the sculpture that executed the Mathura image of Buddha, Trimurti of Elephanta, the famous Nataraja of Tanjore and the paintings which had its efflorescence in the haunting world of beauty in the caves of Ajanta and Ellora, and thousand others, have nothing to lose by comparison with the whole artistic wealth of Europe during its entire history.
"Art for a Hindu is life as it is interpreted by religion and philosophy. Instead a symbolism was created to express various qualities of the superhuman soul and superhuman figures.".During this time many schools of thought have flourished and decayed, invaders of many races have poured into India and contributed to the infinite variety of her intellectual resources; countless dynasties have ruled and passed away.