is a very misunderstood word today. One accepted definition goes like this: The totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought.
The sum total of Indian culture and what it stands for today is available to us in many ways - the most important and vital being in our arts - visual and performing. India is a land of many languages, arts, crafts, performing styles and music. It is a thriving land which has assimilated ancient knowledge and uses it in day to day life. Customs and habits are very important to the Indian individual, the family and society as a whole.
How we eat, how we dress, what we do, what are we known for -all these probably answer and try to scratch the surface of a culture that is steeped in wholesome knowledge.
The digit "0" and the number system.
Algebra, trigonometry and calculus
The decimal system
The game of snakes and ladders
The value of pi
Noble prizes in literature, physics, economics, peace and medicine.
The study and knowledge of medicine and surgery
Until 1896, India was the only source of diamonds to the world.
We are a culture who have imbibed and grown with other cultures - Persian, Mughal and British (to name a few). But India never invaded any country in her 10,000 years of history.
Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism have their roots in India and are followed by 25 percent of the world's population.
Read more about our festivals and cultural extensions.