‘Tradition’ literally means “a custom, belief or way of doing something that has continued from the past to the present.” In the tradition, knowledge of a subject or sub-topic is transmitted from one generation to another without any change. For example, the Bhagavat Purana describes the classification of the Vedas and its transfer by tradition.
Here the subjects of knowledge can be spiritual, artistic (music, dance) or educational. Indian culture and civilization is the most ancient and rich culture and civilization in the world. It is considered the mother of all cultures of the world. The art of living, science or politics has always been a special place in Indian culture. The cultures of other countries have been eroding along with the stream of time but the culture and civilization of India has remained immortal with its traditional existence since time immemorial. By going through various historical traditions and living under different geographical conditions, different communities have interviewed different aspects of that great human culture. Within a variety of religious practices, artistic endeavors, devotional and yogic experiences, man gradually acquire the broad and perfect form of the great truth which we broaden by the word ‘culture’. There is a feeling of If culture is expansion then civilization hardens stability. The material aspect is dominant in civilization, while the ideological aspect prevails in culture. If civilization is body then culture is its soul. Civilization describes ‘what we have’ and culture describes ‘what we are’. A culture becomes a civilization only when it has a written language, Philosophy, specialized division of labor, a complex method and political system. ‘
How to preserve Indian culture? : India will probably be the only country in the world, where there is a sense of neglect to save, cherish and save its art-culture. To make the Indian culture even more advanced, it is necessary that we try to remove the faults that have been done in our culture, only then can true progress be possible. Today’s era is the era of science. We have to progress the country by taking advantage of new scientific experiments. The era of falsehood and superstitions has passed. This is the era of awakening in which we have to proceed with great caution. Culture is the soul of a country, society or caste. They get life from there. The entire structure of social practices, behaviour, ethics, festivals, community life of any country stands on the foundation of culture. The external structure of that society also changes from the day it breaks the lifelong stream of culture. When the culture is destroyed, only the building of civilization collapses. This imbalance in the development of civilization and culture leads to social disintegration, thus it becomes necessary to deliberately improve the half-cultural culture to solve the imbalance and disorder created in the society by the emerging culture. The regulation of civilization and culture by analysis, testing, and evaluation provides immense support in the physical and spiritual upliftment of human beings. A culture that does not have the capacity to develop and adapt according to the demands of the era, lags behind. Indian culture considers the soul as the main. Purification of body and mind is also necessary. Till man’s exterior and difference are not pure, he will continue to accept flawed thoughts as well.
Indian culture has developed on the basis of religion and that is why it has persistence. Indian culture gives personality to a person and encourages him/her to do great things but it only accepts the extreme development of personality at the social level. Indian culture is the most ancient and rich culture in the world. The cultures of other countries have been destroyed along with the stream of time, but the culture of India has remained immortal with its traditional existence since time immemorial. Its generosity and syncretic qualities have assimilated other cultures but preserved the core of its existence.
The social traditions and culture of our country India, bound by the motto of unity in diversity, is a precious gift we have received. Everywhere we see Indians in terms of diversity. We are going to organize this national seminar for the purpose of knowing such things. The importance of temples, architecture and religion in India will also be known to future generations through this dialogue. Cases highlighting India’s social traditions and culture include festivals, folk fairs, folk dances, paintings, architecture, temples, customs of human society, etc.
Following are the sub topics of this seminar…
- The interrelationship between social traditions and culture
- Relation of social traditions and culture with history
- Relation of social traditions and culture with literature
- Social traditions and culture of different communities
- Indian Culture: Art, Religion, Architecture
- Contribution of Indian culture to the world
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