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Kathakali
Kathakali
Kathakali
(Malayalam: കഥകളി) is one of the major forms of classical Indian dance.[1] It is a "story play" genre of art, but one distinguished by the elaborately colorful make-up, costumes and facemasks that the traditionally male actor-dancers wear. [2][3][note 1] Kathakali
Kathakali
primarily developed as a Hindu
Hindu
performance art in the Malayalam-speaking southwestern region of India (Kerala).[2][3][5]Katakali is similar to Mohiliattam Kathakali's roots are unclear
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Urdu
  Pakistan
Pakistan
(national and official)   India
India
(official as per the 8th Schedule of the Constitution and in the following states/union territories) Official:Jammu and Kashmir TelanganaSecondary Official:National Capital Territory of Delhi Bihar Uttar Pradesh Jharkhand West BengalRecognised minority language in United Arab Emirates[6]  Guyana[7] (as Guyanese Hindustani)  Suriname[7] (as Sarnami Hindoestani)  Trinidad and Tobago[7] (as Trinidadian Hindustani)Language codesISO 639-1 urISO 639-2 urdISO 639-3 urdGlottolog urdu1245[8]Linguasphere 59-AAF-q  Areas where Urdu
Urdu
is either official or co-official   Areas where Urdu
Urdu
is neither official nor co-officialThis article contains IPA phonetic symbols
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Architecture Of India
The architecture of India
India
is rooted in its history, culture and religion. Indian architecture
Indian architecture
progressed with time and assimilated the many influences that came as a result of India's global discourse with other regions of the world throughout its millennia-old past. The architectural methods practiced in India
India
are a result of examination and implementation of its established building traditions and outside cultural interactions.[1] Though old, this Eastern tradition has also incorporated modern values as India
India
became a modern nation state. The economic reforms of 1991 further bolstered the urban architecture of India
India
as the country became more integrated with the world's economy
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Tamil Language
 Sri Lanka  Singapore  India:Tamil Nadu[3] Puducherry[4] Andaman & Nicobar Islands[5]Recognised minority language in Malaysia[6]  Mauritius[7]  South Africa[8]Language codesISO 639-1 taISO 639-2 tamISO 639-3 Variously: tam – Modern Tamil oty – Old Tamil ptq – Pattapu BhashaiLinguist Listoty Old TamilGlottolog tamil1289  Modern Tamil[9] oldt1248  Old Tamil[10]Linguasphere 49-EBE-aThis article contains IPA phonetic symbols. Without proper rendering support, you may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Unicode
Unicode
characters. For an introductory guide on IPA symbols, see Help:IPA.This article contains Indic text. Without proper rendering support, you may see question marks or boxes, misplaced vowels or missing conjuncts instead of Indic text.Tamil is written in a non-Latin script
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Telugu Language
 India Spoken in these States and union territories of India:Andhra Pradesh TelanganaLanguage codesISO 639-1 teISO 639-2 telISO 639-3 telGlottolog telu1262  Telugu[3] oldt1249  Old Telugu[4]Linguasphere 49-DBA-aaTelugu is native to Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh
and TelanganaThis article contains IPA phonetic symbols. Without proper rendering support, you may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Unicode
Unicode
characters. For an introductory guide on IPA symbols, see Help:IPA.Telugu (English: /ˈtɛlʊɡuː/;[5] తెలుగు [t̪el̪uɡu]) is a South-central Dravidian language
Dravidian language
native to India
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Flag Of India
The National Flag of India
India
is a horizontal rectangular tricolour of India
India
saffron, white and India
India
green; with the Ashoka Chakra, a 24-spoke wheel, in navy blue at its centre. It was adopted in its present form during a meeting of the Constituent Assembly
Constituent Assembly
held on 22 July 1947, and it became the official flag of the Dominion of India
Dominion of India
on 15 August 1947. The flag was subsequently retained as that of the Republic of India. In India, the term "tricolour" (Hindi: तिरंगा, translit. Tiraṅgā) almost always refers to the Indian national flag
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Folklore Of India
The folklore of India
India
compasses the folklore of the nation of India and the Indian subcontinent. India
India
is an ethnically and religiously diverse country. Given this diversity, it is difficult to generalize widely about the folklore of India
India
as a unit. Although India
India
is a Hindu-majority country, with more than three-fourths of the population identifying themselves as Hindus, there is no single, unified, and all-pervading concept of identity present in it. It is because of the flexible nature of Hinduism
Hinduism
which allows various heterogeneous traditions, numerous regional cultures and even different religions to grow and flourish
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Indian Cuisine
Indian cuisine
Indian cuisine
consists of a wide variety of regional and traditional cuisines native to the Indian subcontinent. Given the range of diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic groups, and occupations, these cuisines vary substantially from each other and use locally available spices, herbs, vegetables, and fruits. Indian food is also heavily influenced by religion, in particular Hindu, and cultural choices and traditions.[1] Also, Middle Eastern and Central Asian influences have occurred on North Indian cuisine
North Indian cuisine
from the years of Mughal rule.[2] Indian cuisine
Indian cuisine
is still evolving, as a result of the nation's cultural interactions with other societies.[3][4] Historical incidents such as foreign invasions, trade relations, and colonialism have played a role in introducing certain foods to the country
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Religion In India
Religion
Religion
in India (2011 Census)[1]    Hinduism
Hinduism
(79.8%)    Islam
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Indian Art
Indian Arts consists of a variety of art forms, including plastic arts (e.g., pottery sculpture), visual arts (e.g., paintings), and textile arts (e.g., woven silk). Geographically, it spans the entire Indian subcontinent, including what is now India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and eastern Afghanistan. A strong sense of design is characteristic of Indian art
Indian art
and can be observed in its modern and traditional forms. The origin of Indian art
Indian art
can be traced to pre-historic Hominid settlements in the 3rd millennium BC. On its way to modern times, Indian art
Indian art
has had cultural influences, as well as religious influences such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism
Jainism
and Islam
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Sculpture In India
The first known sculpture in the Indian subcontinent is from the Indus Valley civilization (3300–1700 BC), found in sites at Mohenjo-daro and Harappa. These include the famous small bronze female dancer. However such figures in bronze and stone are rare and greatly outnumbered by pottery figurines and stone seals, often of animals or deities very finely depicted. After the collapse of the Indus Valley civilization there is little record of sculpture until the Buddhist era, apart from a hoard of copper figures of (somewhat controversially) c
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Indian Literature
Indian literature
Indian literature
refers to the literature produced on the Indian subcontinent until 1947 and in the Republic of India
Republic of India
thereafter. The Republic of India
Republic of India
has 22 officially recognized languages. The earliest works of Indian literature
Indian literature
were orally transmitted. Sanskrit
Sanskrit
literature begins with the oral literature of the Rig Veda
Rig Veda
a collection of sacred hymns dating to the period 1500–1200 BCE. The Sanskrit
Sanskrit
epics Ramayana
Ramayana
and Mahabharata
Mahabharata
appeared towards the end of the first millennium BCE
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Indian Poetry
Indian poetry and Indian literature
Indian literature
in general, has a long history dating back to Vedic times. They were written in various Indian languages such as Vedic Sanskrit, Classical Sanskrit, Hindi, Oriya, Tamil,Telugu, Kannada, Bengali and Urdu. Poetry in foreign languages such as Persian and English also has a strong influence on Indian poetry
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Music Of India
The music of India
India
includes multiple varieties of classical music, folk music, filmi, Indian rock
Indian rock
and Indian pop. India's classical music tradition, including Hindustani music
Hindustani music
and Carnatic, has a history spanning millennia and developed over several areas
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National Symbols Of India
The Republic of India
Republic of India
has several official national symbols including a historical document, a flag, an emblem, an anthem, a memorial tower as well as several national heroes. All the symbols were picked up at various times. The design of the national flag was officially adopted by the Constituent Assembly just before independence, on the 22nd of July in 1947.[1] There are also several other symbols including the national animal, bird, flower, fruit and tree and game.[2]Contents1 National symbols 2 See also 3 References 4 External linksNational symbols[edit]Title Symbol Image NotesNational Flag Flag of IndiaA horizontal rectangular tricolour with equally sized deep saffron at the top, white in the middle and India green at the bottom. In the center is a navy blue wheel with twenty-four spokes, known as the Ashoka Chakra
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