India is a land of diverse cultures. The variations in physical, climatic conditions and the extent of exposure to other cultures have greatly influenced the traditions and culture of the different regions. There is an underlying basic factor common to the whole of India, with variations in the practices based on their local needs and influences. Further, the greatness of India has been in accepting the best from all the invaders and intermingling the new customs and styles with the existing - this is visible in all aspects - music, dance, painting, sculptures, architecture.
The article, an excerpt from the introduction to the book "The Art and Architecture of India" by Benjamin Rowland puts it all in a nutshell.

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A listing of the Tamil seiyyul, ilakkiyam with links to complete version
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I am from Chennai, Tamilnadu, South India. My mother tongue is Tamil, and as such there are several Tamil words used in the site. Wherever possible, I have tried to provide an explanation for the terms.

I am aware that there are several important topics that I have not covered, but this is not out of indifference to the subject. I try to add information on a regular basis.

- Sumathi
e-mail: iheritage@gmail.com
(I am involved in designing & hosting web initiatives and creating multimedia presentations for diverse interest groups & am interested in creating artefacts, sketching, painting... )

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