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Q 1. Which of the following are wind instruments ?

A

Dhol and Tabla

B

Piano and Sitar

Flute and Saxophone

D

Ghungru and Jaltarang

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Q 2. Bharatnatyam dance style belongs to

Tamil Nadu

B

Andhra Pradesh

C

Kerala

D

Karnataka

Explanation

Bharatnatyam is an artistic yoga that involves the movement of the body parts in a very artistic and elegant manner. It is the most widely practised of Indian classical dances in south India, and has its origin in Tamil Nadu. The term Bharatnatyam was introduced in the mid thirties by S. Krishna Iyer and later spread by Rukminidevi Arundale. It comprises of Bhava. Raga. Tala, and Natya put together as Bharatanatyam.

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Q 3. Kathakali dance style belongs to

A

Karnataka

Kerala

C

Tamil Nadu

D

Andhra Pradesh

Explanation

Kathakali is the most well known dance drama from the south Indian state of Kerala. The word Kathakali literally means "Story-Play”. It is known for its large, elaborate makeup and costumes. The elaborate costumes of Kathakali have become the most recognised icon for Kerala.

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Q 4. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan belongs to

Sarod

B

Shehnai

C

Sarangi

D

Guitar

Explanation

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is a renowned sarod player.

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Q 5. Which of the following is a dance drama?

A

Kathak

Kathakali

C

Odissi

D

Manipuri

Explanation

Kathakali is the most well known dance drama from the south. Indian state of Kerala. The word Kathakali literally means “Story-Play”.

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Q 6. In which year SPIC MACAY was established?

1977

B

1919

C

1954

D

1955

Explanation

The Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC MACAY) promotes Indian classical music, classical dance, folk music, yoga, meditation, crafts and other aspects of Indian culture. It was established by Dr. KiranSeth in 1977 at IIT Delhi.

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Q 7. Thumri Singer Girija Devi belongs to which among the following Gharanas?

Banaras Gharana

B

Agra Gharana

C

Kirana Gharana

D

Lucknow Gharana

Explanation

Girija Devi belongs to Banaras Gharana. She performs classical and light classical music and has helped elevate the profile of thumri.

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Q 8. Santhara is a religious ritual related to.

Jain

B

Saiva

C

Sakta

D

Vaishnava

Explanation

Santhara is the Jain religious ritual of voluntary death by fasting.

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Q 9. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer by using the codes given below:

List-I List-II
A. Bharatnatyam 1. Tamil Nadu
B. Kathakali 2. Kerala
C. Mohiniattam 3. Andhra Pradesh
D. Odissi 4. Odisha

A : 1 B : 2 C : 3 D : 4

B

A : 2 B : 1 C : 3 D : 4

C

A : 1 B : 4 C : 3 D : 2

D

A : 2 B : 4 C : 3 D : 1

Explanation

Andhra Pradesh - Kuchipudi, Ottam Thedal, Mohiniattam Kolattam
Kerala - Kathakali, Kaikottikali
Tamil Nadu - Bharatnatyam, Kolattam, Oyilattam, etc.
Odisha - Odissi, Ghumara, Sambalpuri

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Q 10. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer by using the codes given below:

List-I List-II
A. Chhau 1. Punjab
B. Gatka 2. West Bengal & Jharkand
C. Dumhal 3. Kashmir
D. Garba 4. Gujarat

A

A : 1 B : 2 C : 3 D : 4

A : 2 B : 1 C : 3 D : 4

C

A : 4 B : 3 C : 2 D : 1

D

A : 4 B : 2 C : 3 D : 1

Explanation

A. Chhau 1. West Bengal & Jharkand
B. Gatka 2. Punjab
C. Dumhal 3. Kashmir
D. Garba 4. Gujarat
These are all the folk dance forms of the respective states.

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Q 11. ‘ Saptarang - 2014' is a

Musical and Cultural Festival Organised by the Maharashtra Government

B

Theme of ‘Filmfare Award-2014’ programme

C

A folk dance festival organised by the Odisha Government

D

Theme of ‘Taj Mahotsava 2014'

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Q 12. Match List 1 with List 2 and select the correct answer by using the codes given below:

List-I List-II
A. Nat-Natin 1. Karnataka
B. Yakshagan 2. Bihar
C. Mando 3. Meghalaya
D. Laho 4. Goa

A

A : 2 B : 3 C : 4 D : 1

A : 2 B : 1 C : 4 D : 3

C

A : 1 B : 2 C : 3 D : 4

D

A : 1 B : 2 C : 4 D : 3

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Q 13. Consider the following statements :
1. Shujaat Khan, is a Sitar Player
2. Latif Khan is a Tabla player
3. Ashiq Ali Khan is a Sarangi player
4. Hafiz Khan is a sarod player
Which of the statements given above is/are correct:

A

1 , 2 and 3

B

1, 3 and 4

C

1, 2 and 4

1, 2, 3 and 4

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Q 14. Amy winehouse is associated with

A

Sports

B

Politics

Pop Music

D

Social Service

Explanation

Singer-songwriter known for her deep control to vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including rhythm and blues, soul, jazz and reggae.

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Q 15. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer from the codes given below :

List-I List-II
A. Baalaika 1. Russia
B. Cabaca 2. Latin America
C. Hityokin 3. Japan
D. Sitar 4. India

A : 1 B : 2 C : 3 D : 4

B

A : 4 B : 3 C : 2 D : 1

C

A : 1 B : 4 C : 3 D : 2

D

A : 4 B : 2 C : 3 D : 1

Explanation

Ballaiaka - Russia
Cebaca - Latin America
Hityokin - Japan
Sitar - India
All these are names of musical instruments played in their respective countries.

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Q 16. Which type of musical instruments are ‘Turi’ and ‘Ransinga’?

A

Avananddha Vadya

Sushirvadya

C

Ghanvadya

D

Tatvadya

Explanation

Sushirvadya: is known as Aero phones, these instruments have various holes in which the air is blown and resonated or vibrates creating different tones or sound.

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Q 17. Which if post-harvest folk dance in Assam?

A

Ankia Nat

Bihu

C

Raut Nacha

D

Namgen

Explanation

Bihu is a Folk dances of Assam related to the Bihu festival. This joyous dance is performed by both young men and women. Dancers wear tradionally colourful Assamese clothing.

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Q 18. Which one of the following places is known for the Imdadkhani Gharana of Sitar and Surbahar music?

A

Agra

B

Lucknow

Etawah

D

Varanasi

Explanation

The ImdadKhani gharana is a North indian school of Sitar and Surbahar music. It was named after its founder. Imdad Khan, and is also known as the Etawah gharana, after a small tow n close to Agra where Imdad Khan lived.

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Q 19. Who amongst the following has directed the film ‘Little Buddha’?

Bernardo Bertolucci

B

Mani Kaul

C

Richard Attenburrough

D

Durosowa

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Q 20. Consider the following statements :
1. Bhaona. the presentation of Ankia Noat of Shankar Dev in Assam.
2. Jatra, Chaitanya’s Bhakti form of West Bengal.
3. Bidesia, female role played by male in Bihar.
4. Prahlad Natak belongs to Odisha.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

A

1 and 2 only

B

2 and 3 only

C

1, 2 and 3 only

All of the above

Explanation

These are all the traditional folk dance forms of the respective states.

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Q 21. Match List-I with List-Il and select the correct answer by using the codes given below:

List-I List-Il
A. Mudiyettu 1. Kerala
B. Burrakatha 2. Andhra Pradesh
C. Therukoothu 3. Tamil Nadu
D. Yakshagan 4. Karnataka

A : 1 B : 2 C : 3 D : 4

B

A : 1 B : 4 C : 3 D : 2

C

A : 4 B : 3 C : 2 D : 1

D

A : 4 B : 2 C : 3 D : 1

Explanation

Mudiyett or Mudiyettu is a traditional ritual theatre and folk dance drama from Kerala that enacts the mythological tale of a battle between the goddess Kali and the demon Darika. The ritual is a part of the bhagavathi or Bhadra kali cult.
Burra Katha. also spelled Burra Katha or Burra Katha is an oral storytelling technique in the Katha tradition, performed in villages of Telangana and coastal Andhra regions of Andhra Pradesh. The troupe consists of one main performer and two co-performers. It is a narrative entertainment that consists of prayers, solo drama, dance, songs, poems and jokes.
Therukoothu literally means “street party”. The three forms of ancient Tamil Nadu arts are lyal (literature), Isai (music) and Nadagam (drama). All three forms have their roots in this ancient dance form. Yakshagana is a theater form Karnataka that combines dance, music, dialogue, costume, make-up, and stage techniques with a unique style and form. This theater-style, resembling Western opera, is mainly found in the coastal districts and the Malenadu region of India.

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Q 22. In which of the following theatre form are even the males roles played by female actors?

A

Nautanki

Tamasha

C

Swang

D

Theyyam

Explanation

Tamasha is a traditional form of Marathi Theatre. In this even the male roles are played by female actors.

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Q 23. The ‘yoga' philosophy belongs to

A

Gautam

B

Kannada

Patanjali

D

Jaimini

Explanation

The ‘yoga' philosophy belongs to Patanjal
i. The term yoga can be derived from either of two roots, yujir yoga (to yoke) or yuj samadhi (to concentrate).

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Q 24. Hanukkah, the festival of light is associated with which one of the following religions?

Jewish

B

Hindu

C

Jain

D

Christians

Explanation

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights. Feast of Dedication, is an eight-day Jewish holiday.

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Q 25. The annual “Royal Kathima Ceremony” is associated with which of the following religions?

A

Jainism

Buddhism

C

Parsi

D

Sikhism

Explanation

The Royal Kathima Ceremony is observed every year by Buddhist.