2017, Vol. 2 Issue 1, Part A
The Philosophy behind Indian Architecture
Abstract: Describing art I would say, it is something beautiful which contains intellect. That is to say transforming ideas into something physical is art, be it painting or music or something else. According to art scholars, art is not only a piece of work but it is more of a kind of social, cultural and spiritual expression, that is why scholar like Dr. Shiv Shikhar Misra has mentioned Lethaby in the context of architecture. He quotes him “Architecture is the matrix of civilization.”. It means it is the origin place of any civilization. Artist makes his artistic work with such kind of devotion which shows that he desires to say something to communicate or to a kind of message by his artistic work. As we know Aristotle has stated, “Essentially the form of art is an imitation of reality, it holds the mirror up to nature.’’ . Therefore art is the only actual copy of this world and also it can be stated that the real existence provide a kind of shape to the art. Therefore it can be stated that it is a kind of expression from inward knowledge to outward. There are mainly five components in fine arts – painting, sculpture, architecture, music and poetry. If we see architecture in Indian context, it can be found that it includes spirituality in such a manner which gives us message that the elements which exist in our inner knowledge also exist in our outer space. In Indian context, the field of architecture is very wide. Therefore the focus will be made on only two views 1. The thought of Indian spirituality in the temple and its creation (in special context of Brihadeeswara temple and khajuraho temple) 2. The ideas in relation to the script of Natyamandapa of acharya Bharat muni.
How to cite this article:
Astha. The Philosophy behind Indian Architecture. Int J Jyotish Res 2017;2(1):28-31.