A Brief History of Ancient Indian Sculptures

ancient indian sculptures

Ancient Indian sculptures

The history of the lively Indian sculptures can be traced back to the dawn of the oldest empire in India i.e. the Maurya dynasty. Indian culture has been a blend of multiple cultures i.e. an intertwining of the three major religions i.e. Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism that were prevalent in the 3rd century BC. The sculptors during this era started to carve down scenes from day to day lives of people and also from the stories that were popular during those times.

Sites Preserving Ancient Indian Sculptures

The temples at Khajuraho, the Great Sanchi Stupa and the rock cut temples of Ajanta and Elora are some of the most prominent sites that hold ancient Indian sculptures from the history of Indian culture. There were great similarity between Hinduism and Buddhism in the earlier centuries. The Gandhara region which now falls in North -West Pakistan also preserves sculptures that are influenced by the Buddhist school of thought.

ancient indian sculptures

Indian Sculptures Of Sita seating with Rama

Since this region was open for trade with the Romans and the Greek their culture has also influenced the Gandhara school of thought quite significantly. Hence the Gandhara Sculptures are elegant manifestations of the Indian sculpture blending with Greek realism in art.

As Buddhism spreads out to Afghanistan from India, it continued to towards China, which gave a diversified variety of sculptures in Mahayana Buddhism. These legendary figures are carved in the caves of along the road. The pilgrims and merchants celebrated these Chinese sculptures. On the way to the ancient capital of Loyang, more than beautifully carved sculptures would magnetize anybody. There are as many as 97,306 separate figures to 142,289 carved.

Civilization emerged. The Indian ancient sculptures date back to this civilization when the most fundamental forms of stone carvings of the idols of deities and animals were excavated from this region. The bronze figurine of a dancing girl is also an example of the level of sophistication attained by sculptors such a long time ago.

Some of the popular Ancient India sculptures on stones and rocks are

  • Kangra Fort:
  • Dilwara Temple, Mount Abu,
  • Qutub Minar, Delhi
  • Mahabalipuram
  • Masjid at Champaran,
  • Hoysaleswara temple
  • Monolith carvings on rocks
  • Ajanta Caves
  • Akshardham, Delhi

Many of them are UNESCO World Heritage site, which offer beautifully carved sculptures which represent our past history and epics of Indian. In several temples the Mahabharata and other Indian epics are carved into a beautiful sculptures


Indian Film Memorabilia – Preserving the Magic of Movies

indian film memorabilia

Indian Film Memorabilia

Cinema has today become an integral part of one’s life. It is rare to come across a person who would not possess a taste for cinema. Movies are not just a thing for entertainment in fact great film makers produce movie that are realistic in nature and hence portray the true picture of the society. Many of the revolutionary film makers have also pointed out various social evils and the prevalent injustice in the society via their movies. Hence from entertainment to thriller to movies dealing with sensitive issues there are a variety of movies that find place in the hearts of movie enthusiasts.

Types of Indian Film Memorabilia

Bollywood is often used synonymously for the Indian film industry. Since almost more than 50 decadesthe Indian movies have been influencing the lives of viewers in several ways. Most of the movie enthusiasts are interested in collecting memorabilia from their favourite films to keep the memories of the movies preserved for a long span of time. Indian cinema serves as a mirror to the society. There were great vintage movies such as Mother India and Mughal – E – Azam which are considered as evergreen cinema by viewers. There are several types of Indian film memorabilia ranging from lobby cards to hand painted posters to autographed posters and photographs, costumes and even movie scripts that are cherished by movie lovers in India.

indian film memorabilia

Indian Film Memorabilia-Film

It is hard to lay hands on precious movie memorabilia owing to their rarity. It was not until recent decades that the producers and collectors realised the worth of Indian movie memorabilia. Movie memorabilia from Indian movies are often seen to find place in film museums or in online auctions. Due to their connection to a famous film personalitythe memorabilia has great sentimental as well as emotional value. Only a movie memorabilia collector can express the joy of owning a costume worn by his or her favourite movie character.

Even movie scripts, lobby cards and posters from the vintage Indian movies are of great value to collectors. You can get a glance of such valued collectibles on online film galleries. For instance Heralds, Handbills andGlass Slides of the classic Indian movies such as Abhagin 1938, Actress KyonBani 1939, Ailane Jung 1936, Al Hilial 1935, AlaudinLaila 1941, Amar Jyoti 1936, Amar Prem 1938, Amar Shaheed 1936, AmritManthan 1934 and AnokhiMohabat 1934 find place in some of the exquisite Indian cinema online galleries.