The Chola and Pandya empires ruled south India for around
1,000 years. The culture, art, architecture flourished during those times and
that is why if we look at any of the dance or paintings from India, the old
school influences are found. Meanwhile, the north was constantly under attack
and the cultural heritages and contributions were wiped by the different
empires ruled. The Northern India was easy accessible for foreign invasion
through the Khyber Pass while south India on the other hand, was accessible
only through ships. Most of these ships which did land on south India were
merchant ships for trade practices and not the ones lead by armies. With higher
trade in south India, came an understanding of other foreign cultures. The
merchant vessels, even brought in different religions to the country.