The art, craft and traditions of Varanasi have grown from the past of the city. Its roots lie in the many years that the city has been alive for. It shows a blend of various styles owing to the constant change in patterns in the past centuries. Glimpses of Hinduism and Buddhism can be seen in the architectural ruins of this city.
Varanasi has also earned a name in producing craftsmen who produce some of the best toys, textiles, ornaments and handicrafts in this world. These and the famous Banarasi sarees and silk attract shoppers from all over the world.
The history of music is long, and historians are unsure of its origin. The city was the capital of learning in the Puranic era and the love for art was probably born in that era.