The arts scene in India is markedly
dynamic. It is uniquely splendorous in architectural and sculptural traditions
and also retains its Indian ness in paintings despite Western influences. In India,
the geography and climate contribute a lot to the form and substance of arts.
Vedas, the sacred book of the Aryans in Sanskrit is the fundamental
link to the Indian thoughts and arts. After the Indus valley civilization there
was no continuity in the arts section until the age of the Mauryans when the
Buddhist art form was born. Historically the first movement in art in India
started with the Mauryan dynasty during 322-183 B.C. Then followed the Sunga
and the Kushan periods when artistic activities were widespread and the important
art centers were the Gandhara region and the Mathura region and the lower Godavari
Basin in Andhra Pradesh.