India has always been remembered as the land of diverse cultures. The geographical location, climate and extent of exposure to foreign cultures have completely influenced the traditions and culture of different regions in different periods. The greatness of Indian culture has been in adopting the best of all the invaders and merging their customs and styles with the existing ones and this is visible in all aspects of the culture.
Indian culture has always been associated with the great river systems, the watersheds of the Indus and the Ganges, the Deccan Plateau and South India.
Secular India is home to Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and myriad other religious traditions. Hinduism is the major religious faith followed by the majority of the population. There are about 400 colorful traditional festivals that have been taking place for centuries. Not a single day passes without a festival in one region or the other. It is an opportunity for men to wear a new traditional dress and jewellery.
Traditional dresses like silk sarees, cholis have attracted many travelers over the centuries. Men in villages are still more comfortable in traditional attire like kurta, lungi, dhoti and pyjama.
Indian literature, Indian poetry, Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, painting, sculpture, architecture- everything is depicted and interpreted through religion and philosophy.
The famous classical styles of dance on the Indian stage are Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Odissi, Kathak and Manipuri. Folk dances also contribute to the plethora of Indian dances. The common root of all classical dance forms can be traced to the Natyashastra, known as the sage Bharata, who is believed to have lived between the 1st and 2nd centuries AD.
18 Indian languages are spoken with 1600 regional dialects and linguistic lines are drawn by state borders. Besides Hindi and English, other popular languages are Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Malayalam, are Marathi. Punjabi, Oriya, Telugu and Urdu
Indian culinary prowess lies in the subtle blending of a variety of spices to create a variety of delicious dishes. These spices are also used as home medicine.
A typical North-Indian meal consists of wheat. Rice is a staple in South Indian cuisine. Coconut and oil are essential ingredients in all meals. The meal is rounded off with betel leaf containing an assortment of digestive organs.
Women are the mirror of the culture of the society. Indian women are increasingly visible and successful in the professional and public sector. Be it Barkha Dutt, Arundhati Roy, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, all these have heralded the advent of Indian women professionals.
The latest outsourcing of technical efficiency, quality, flexibility, cost control, time to market and competitive advantage has made India well known in the business world.
India exports software to 95 countries around the world, outsourcing high-quality brainpower 82% of US companies rank India as their first choice for software outsourcing.