Culture defines a country. Every country has its own culture and is known by its culture on global stage. Both Indian and western culture have their own feel
Cultures vary from one region to another and from one country to another. Culture is inherent and integral part of one’s life, be it western or Indian. We should respect the culture of an individual as it reflects the attitude, manner or behavior of that person. Every nation or country has their own culture relating to food, clothes, social life, living style, addressing, languages, festivals, literature, dance and music, traditions, marital life, relationships, beliefs, spirituality, independence and many in the list.
On the global platform, Indian culture is one such topic that is widely discussed and highly spoken when compared to western culture these days. The jerk up of globalization has made a big difference and changes in the lifestyle of people living in western as well as India. Yet there are some practices in both the cultures that are still followed and respected.
It is but natural that differences do exist when Indian culture is compared with western culture in various aspects, such as:
India is the center of many religions with people speaking in 150 different languages. Basically, Indians have around 1650 mother tongues from diversified religions but only the above mentioned are spoken by considerable population. The popular languages spoken in India are Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Marati, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Malayalam, Bhojpuri, Kannada and so forth. Hindi is the official language of India.
Western countries constitute a major part of the globe with different nations having different language as their official language such as English, Spanish and French in the countries like USA, Europe and UK respectively. Generally, Latin languages are given high importance in the west.
Indian culture is one of the most primeval cultures to be presented to the humankind and is the same with the legends connected with it. Mostly, the festivals celebrated or commemorated in India are some way or the other related to Gods/Goddesses or their victories in mythology. India is a hub for many religions and most of the religions have their own festivals which usually passes beyond religious adherence and curves into a celebration of life itself. The list of festivals goes like this – Diwali, Dussehra, Holi, Moharram, ganesh chaturthi, Krishna Ashtami, Eid-ul-Fitr, Gurpurab, Bihu, Hemis, Onam, Christmas, Pongal, Bakrid, Baisakhi, Buddha Purnima etc. Some of the festivals in India are also celebrated in the west these days.
In the west, only few festivals are highly recognized such as Christmas, Thanksgiving and Halloween. People in the west follow certain traditions on that particular days like drinking green beer and wearing green clothes on St.Patrick’s day, dressing up like witches and ghosts on Halloween and eating turkey on Thanksgiving occasion.
By looking at the person’s clothes one can guess the origin of him/her. In India, sarees are the most popular attire worn by women Accessories like bindi, bangles and mangalsutra on the forehead of the women often escort the Indian attire and kurta pyjama and dhoti kurta are worn by men.
In the west, men wear jeans and t-shirts in informal occasions and suits in formal occasions. The most common outfit of women are skirts, gowns, jeans and tunics.
Irrespective of cultures, music has become the spirit of life of mankind since ages. Every individual has his/her own taste of music which may be similar or different and same would be the scenario with countries as well.
In India, the most famous music is the Carnatic music which includes the notes like Sa Ri Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni. Carnatic music is a pure classical type which is widely practised by most of the professionals and even people of young generation as well. And other kind of music categories that are popular are Hindustani music, local folk music, Sufi music and the notable Bollywood music too.
Even the western classical music is constructed on the same note but sounds like this Do Ra Me Fa So La Ti. However, famous genres and taste will differ from generation to generation, with Pop, Jazz, country, R n B, Rap, metal and western folk being in fashion.
In India, people join two hands and bow their body slightly while greeting or wishing or welcoming someone new. While greeting, in a less formal manner Indians say Namaste or Namaskar. Even Assalaam walaikum is also another way of greeting among Muslims. When children wish or greet elders, they touch the feet of elders showing them respect.
Whereas in the west, Hola, Hello and Bonjour are used to greet with hands shake irrespective of the age.
This is an interesting aspect for many people as it is making them chill out without any boundary limitations. In India, the popular dance forms are Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Odissi, Ghoomer, Bharatanatyam etc that have evolved from different states of India. There are even some other classical or folk songs that can be seen in some village and tribe areas as well.
In the west, mostly types of dances are to mostly of upbeat music such as Break dance, Salsa dance, Hip-Hop, Tap dance etc. and dance formats like Ballot describes about the complete story of the act.
By Bikshapathi at indiaopines blog
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