Indian art has been influenced by all traditions for a long time, and it still shows elements of the village life and religious traditions. A lot of the inherited and patriarchal traits have a conservative influence in the art environment. Indian art gives you expression of vigorous, strong and outgoing creating fantasy; the motives in Indian art are picked up by the refined traditions and myths. Indian art is mainly made for religious purposes and contains holy ceremonial elements. It is meant to support meditation. India’s artistic expressions are made for religious laws, but the artist still has the freedom to develop a message of their own imagination. Indian art mostly contains a mixture of human and animal figures, for example an elephant’s head placed on top of a human’s body. These kinds of art reflect some of the gods that they believe in.

Indian pictorial art:


The name of this pictorial art is Suboth Gupta and brings a long the Indians traditions of worshiping holy cows in to the contemporary art arena.





Backside: is filled with pieces of cliche, the motive of the love god  is painted on the windows shutters and when you open them up you see a painting that shows young girls how have committed suicide because of the missing dowry.


This pictorial art’s name is” Seven faces of the dust” with uterus-like shapes made with gravel and sand.

     Native American pictorial art:Native American art expresses the free spirit, dynamism and the evolution of the cultural, spiritual and the religious beliefs of the Native Indian people.American Indian art comes in form like pottery, jewellery, basketry, weavings, paintings, beadwork, silverwork, sculptures and woodcarvings. Native Americans are a highly spiritual people who create objects of extraordinary beauty, and they also thought that there is no distinction between what is beautiful or functional.Design goes far beyond concerns of function, and beauty is much more than simple appearances. For many native peoples, beauty arises from living in harmony with the order of the universe. The concerns and aspirations of a vital contemporary American Indian population changes as the world changes. Today some Native American artists continue traditions of their ancestors, while others transform those traditions in new and innovative ways. 


Native American pictorial art:

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Comparison between Indian and Native American pictorial art:Both Indian and Native American are very spiritual and religious people, and it shows through the art that they make. This is what they both have in comment:

  • They both make art that represent their religion and believes
  • Their art contains pictures of human and animal figures
  • Their art has started to become more liberal as the time passes by and allows the artist to develop a message of their own imagination.

  These are the difference between them:

  • Even though they both use human and animal figures in their art they use it in very different ways. Native American uses the figures in realistic ways they separate the human from the animal, while Indian’s makes a mixture of human and animal figure.
  • They make different kinds of art Indian art mostly contains wall paintings, Buddha statues and  pictorial art, while Native American’s make pottery, jewellery, basketry, weavings, paintings, beadwork, silverwork, sculptures and woodcarvings.



Bollywood entertaiment

February 28, 2008

Ohoi, while studying Indian culture I jumped into Bollywood a lot of times, and I couldn’t hold back… Therefore I’m publishing this Bollywood movie which demonstrates the modern Indian music. Bollywood has actually become very popular all over the world today, and it is hilarious to watch, enjoy =)

When looking at the two types of music among the Native Americans and the Indians, the first thing I notice is the way they have been using the music throughout the ages. In the examples I’ve put further down (the post “A taste of their music”) one can explore the differences by listening, while I am going to study in which ways their music has been used in a cultural context.

I’ve had a great interest in the Native Americans for a long time, and music certainly is a very important element in their culture, as it is used for ceremonies, religious rituals, meditation, healing and such. A lot of the tribes also believe the songs were made by the Creator, and have passed through generations for thousands of years. Their music is completely melodic, and vocalization or the use of the voice is the most important instrument. The flute along with the drum and rattle are also very frequently used instruments. The drum is used to keep the rhythm, though it is common to make the rhythm irregular in Native American music. The song texts are usually said to be “ancient and unchanging”, have a spiritual message or meaning, and often it is believed they hold a spell. This is because music is the main way the natives communicate with the supernatural powers. Along with this music, dance and costuming are compulsory components, especially during rituals and ceremonies. 

While music among the Native Americans is mainly used for spiritual or healing purposes, Indian folk music is used for own entertainment during ceremonies such as births, and weddings. It is also common to sing about such things as planting and harvesting, but not for any spiritual purpose as in the America. They are simply singing of their hopes, fears and aspirations.

As mentioned, ceremonial music is important to the Indians. For instance when a girl has her first menstruation it is a tradition that she meets with the elderly women in the community, and the girl has to sing extremely bawdy. Drums, ektars (a one stringed lute), dotars (a two stringed lute), saringdas (a bowed folk fiddle) and santurs (see picture below) are among others highly used instruments in Indian folk music. These instruments are usually crafted by the musicians themselves, for instance with skin, peritoneum, bamboo, coconut shells, and pots. 

In summary I’d say that the main difference between the Native American and the Indian traditional music is that the American music is mainly used for spiritual purposes, while the Indian music has no spiritual basis, though both is commonly used for ceremonies and rituals. The usage of instruments is also very different, whereas in India they often use string instruments and song texts for their own mentality and feelings, but the Native Americans use flutes and rattles, and use old, traditional and holy song texts with a spiritual message of healing or help.

This is an Indian traditional instrument, the santur:

A pretty flute, which is frequently used in Native American music:

A taste of their music

February 26, 2008

Without analysing or comparing yet, I just figured I should publish one video showing the traditional Indian folk music, and one video containing traditional Native American music.

I reckon the Indian movie is quite entertaining to watch, though the flute music from America is stunningly beautiful…

This is Indian folk music and dance.

This is the Native American song… It’s supposed to be medicine music. Beautiful.