1. The ancient civilization in Indian sub-continent differed from those of Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece in that its culture and traditions have been preserved without a breakdown to the present day. Comment. Mesolithic rock cut architecture of India not only reflects the cultural life of the times but also a tine aesthetic sense comparable to modem painting. Critically evaluate this comment. (UPSC 2015)
2. To what extent has the urban planning and culture of the Indus Valley Civilization provided inputs to the present day urbanization? Discuss.(UPSC 2014)
3. Gandhara sculpture owed as much to the Romans as to the Greeks. Explain.(UPSC 2014)
4. Taxila university was one of the oldest universities of the world with which were associated a number of renowned learned personalities of different disciplines. Its strategic location caused its fame to flourish, but unlike Nalanda, it is not "considered as a university in the modern sense. Discuss.(UPSC 2014)
5. Sufis and medieval mystic saints failed to modify either the religious ideas and practices or the outward structure of Hindu / Muslim societies to any appreciable extent. Comment.(UPSC 2014)
6. Though not very useful from the point of view of a connected political history of South India, the Sangam literature portrays the social and economic conditions of its time with remarkable vividness. Comment.(UPSC 2013)
7. Discuss the Tandava dance as recorded in the early Indian inscriptions.(UPSC 2013)
8. Chola architecture represents a high watermark in the evolution of temple architecture. Discuss. (UPSC 2013)
9. The 'flute-playing Krishna' theme is very popular in Indian art. Discuss.(UPSC 2012)
10. Comment on the significance of Rasarnava in studying the history of Indian Chemistry.(UPSC 2012)
11. What are the groups into which musical instruments in India have traditionally been classified?(UPSC 2012)
12. Comment on the significance of fire in Zoroastrianism.(UPSC 2012)
13. Why is Laurie Baker called 'the conscience keeper of Indian architecture'?(UPSC 2012)
14. Illustrate about Bagurumba folk dance.(UPSC 2012)
15. Distinguish either between the 'Moatsu' and 'Yemshe' festivals of Nagaland or the 'Losar' and 'Khan' festivals of Arunachal Pradesh.(UPSC 2011)
16. What are the major different styles of unglazed pottery making in India?(UPSC 2011)
17. List the classical dance forms of India as per the Sangeet Natak Akademi.(UPSC 2011)
18. Illustrate about: Bhand Pather, Swang, Maach, Bhaona, Mudiyettu.(UPSC 2011)

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