Built upon centuries of history and heritage, Indian culture is one of the oldest in the world. Indians had made significant advances in architecture (Chola and Pallava architecture, for instance) mathematics (the invention of the zero) and medicine (Ayurveda), far before the West.
The land of diversity, India is home to 23 official languages, is the birthplace of Hinduism and Buddhism. Indian cuisine, especially its Persian and Mughal influence, is also immensely popular around the world although cooking styles vary greatly from region to region. India gave the world spices, is the world's largest producer of films and has dance, music and theatre traditions that go back a thousand years. From Harvard University extolling the benefits of clarified butter (ghee), to 'golden (turmeric) milk' being one of the most popular beverages in the US, to the success of its filmmakers on international platforms, India's soft power is on its way to changing the way the world lives. From yoga, Ayurveda and turmeric latte to Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev, textiles and tea, Indian culture draws people from all over the world. This section features global Indians who are taking the richness Indian culture around the world in various ways.
Indian Culture and Tradition FAQs
What is culture?
The customs, social behaviour, art, music and beliefs of a people or a society. In India, culture is a reflection of artistic traditions that date back thousands of years, of the land's rich mythology, philosophy, literature, music, dance, food and clothing. It has survived a rocky history and emerged, more or less unscathed into the modern world. Indian culture is a celebration not just of its various contributions to art, science, philosophy and politics, it is also a celebration of diversity and adaptability.
What is unique about Indian culture?
Due to its adaptability and comprehensiveness, Indian culture has survived the trials of the ages, including numerous invasions, a thousand years of Islamic invasions and centuries of British rule. Indian culture's innate ability to transform and accommodate has ensure its survival despite great odds. Unity in diversity makes Indian culture unique, born as it was through a synthesis of traditions through the ages.
What is Indian culture famous for?
India is considered the birthplace of some of the world's major religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism. The tents of the Vedic religions have become immensely popular around the globe, with the likes of ISKCON, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Baba Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravishankar. Yoga has taken the world by storm, as well as the basic principles of Ayurveda, as people turn to healthy, sustainable living and cleaner, healing diets.
What is Indian culture in simple words?
Simply put, what we recognize as 'Indian culture' today is a synthesis of several minor cultures. It is the collective fabric of India's art, festivals, music, dance, religions, architecture, food and clothing. Indian culture has also had over a thousand years of foreign influence.
What is Indian art and culture?
India is home to one of the world's largest collections of songs, dance, music, theatre, folk traditions, performing arts, paintings, writings and rituals. These are all known as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.