art & culture

  art and culture  
India is a land built on the foundations of diversity and Himachal Pradesh is no exception. Most of the people in Himachal depend on agriculture for livelihood. Many people derive their income from sheep, goats, and other cattle. Ninety percent of the people live in villages and small towns. The dancing is usually spontaneous during a village fair and is symbolic of the peace and joy of the people. In general people of Himachal Pradesh are honest, truthful, gentle, and good humored.
Roerich Gallery (Kullu)
One km past the castle is the Roerich Gallery, a fine old house displaying the artwork of both the eccentric professor Nicholas Roerich, who died in Naggar in 1947, and his son, Svetostav Roerich, who died in Bangalore in 1993. Its location is delightful and the views over the valley are great.
Tibetan Monastry (Manali)
The colourful pleasant Tibetian Monastry has a carpet making operation. One can buy carpets and other Tibetian handicrafts.
Himachal State Museum (Shimla)
A rich display of the states cultural, artistic and archeological heritage. This is a pleasant little museum that has precious little to show in the real sense, but whatever little there is, is rather nice to spend a chilly afternoon ducking the cold outside.
Bhuri Singh Museum (Chamba)
Named after Raja Bhuri Singh of Chamba, this is a treasure house of Chamba's ruling family . Much of the original craftsmanship can still be seen.
Shimla State Museum (Shimla)
The Museum was opened in 1974. Preserved and displayed here are over 2000 art objects, a rich collection of Pahari paintings, antiques borrowed from the museums in Delhi and other parts of the country, besides bronzes, woodcraft, sculpture, etc.
Kangra Art Museum (Dharamsala)
A gallery of miniature paintings from Kangra, a representative collection of sculptures, pottery and anthropological items and many more such things are there in the Kangra Art museum.
Sujanpur Tira (Dharamsala)
This place is famous for the wall paintings and the temples.
Art and Crafts
Indian art and crafts are truly fascinating it is incredible how ancient practices and traditions have continued since time immemorial. The history of India is a story of unbroken traditions that have continued for over 5000 years. For centuries, Indian handicrafts have been distinguished for their aesthetic and functional value. Indian art has been influenced by many factors, mainly religious, political and social. India is a land of immense diversity. Various traditions, rituals, geographic and climatic conditions, lifestyles and cultures have given birth to numerous styles and designs. It has gradually evolved with the evolution of the civilization.

India is a land abundant in raw materials that have lent themselves to the creative hands of the Indian craftsmen. From expensive materials like ivory, gems and marble; to cheaper ones like clay, cane and bamboo and wood, Indian handicrafts have an amazingly captivating beauty. Another thrilling factor is the numerous processes that these materials go through before they take final shape. Processes like the 'chikan' work and 'phulkari and bagh' work on cloth; certain types of polishing and metal casting or even the filigree work on metals is unique to Indian art.