Art and Culture


  1. The Government of which of the following states started the Tansen Samman ?
    1. Uttar Pradesh
    2. Madhya Pradesh
    3. Gujarat
    4. Maharashtra

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    Several national and state level awards have been instituted by the Government of Madhya Pradesh to honour the distinct achievements in the field of creative arts and literature. Tansen Samman was instituted in 1980-81 and is given in the field of classical music. The award carries Rs 2 lakh in cash and a citation, is normally conferred during the ‘Tansen Festival’ held in Gwalior.

    Correct Option: B

    Several national and state level awards have been instituted by the Government of Madhya Pradesh to honour the distinct achievements in the field of creative arts and literature. Tansen Samman was instituted in 1980-81 and is given in the field of classical music. The award carries Rs 2 lakh in cash and a citation, is normally conferred during the ‘Tansen Festival’ held in Gwalior.


  1. Correlate the field of activites of the following eminent persons and their forte :
    Eminent personActivity
    A. Thomas L. Friedman1. Literature
    B. Zubin Mehta 2. Journalism
    C. Ismat Chugtai3. Painting
    D. Jamini Roy4. Music
    1. A B C D
      2 4 1 3
    2. A B C D
      4 2 3 1
    3. A B C D
      2 4 3 1
    4. A B C D
      1 3 4 2

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    Thomas Lauren Friedman is an American journalist, columnist and author. He writes a twice-weekly column for The New York Times. Zubin Mehta; is an Indian Parsi conductor of western classical music. He is the Music Director for Life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Ismat Chughtai was an eminent Indian writer in Urdu, known for her indomitable spirit and a fierce feminist ideology. Jamini Roy was an Indian painter whose work has been exhibited extensively in international exhibitions and can be found in many private and public collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

    Correct Option: A

    Thomas Lauren Friedman is an American journalist, columnist and author. He writes a twice-weekly column for The New York Times. Zubin Mehta; is an Indian Parsi conductor of western classical music. He is the Music Director for Life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Ismat Chughtai was an eminent Indian writer in Urdu, known for her indomitable spirit and a fierce feminist ideology. Jamini Roy was an Indian painter whose work has been exhibited extensively in international exhibitions and can be found in many private and public collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.



  1. How many strings are on a Sarod?
    1. 7
    2. 19
    3. 5
    4. 4

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    The sarod is a stringed musical instrument, used mainly in Indian classical music. The conventional sarod is an 20-25-stringed lute-like instrument — four to five main strings used for playing the melody, one or two drone strings, two chikari strings and nine to eleven sympathetic strings. Sarod strings are made either of steel or phosphor bronze. The Sarod has four melody strings tuned to Sa, Pa, Sa, Ma and it is played with a triangular plectrum.

    Correct Option: D

    The sarod is a stringed musical instrument, used mainly in Indian classical music. The conventional sarod is an 20-25-stringed lute-like instrument — four to five main strings used for playing the melody, one or two drone strings, two chikari strings and nine to eleven sympathetic strings. Sarod strings are made either of steel or phosphor bronze. The Sarod has four melody strings tuned to Sa, Pa, Sa, Ma and it is played with a triangular plectrum.


  1. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer from the code given below the Lists :
    List-I (Musician)List-II (Excellence in)
    A. Asad Ali Khan1. Shahnai
    B. Mallikarjun 2. Violin
    C. Vismillah Khan3. Classical music
    D. T. N. Krishnan4. Vina
    1. A B C D
      2 4 3 1
    2. A B C D
      4 3 1 2
    3. A B C D
      3 4 2 1
    4. A B C D
      1 2 3 4

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    Asad Ali Khan was an Indian musician who played the plucked string instrument rudra veena. Khan performed in the style dhrupad and was described as the best living rudra veena player in India. Mallikarjun Mansur was an Indian classical singer of the khayal style in the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana. Ustad Bismillah Khan was an Indian shehnai maestro. He was the third classical musician to be awarded the Bharat
    Ratna, the highest civilian honour in India and gained worldwide acclaim for playing the shehnai for more than eight decades. Trippunithura Narayan Krishnan is a Carnatic music violinist.

    Correct Option: B

    Asad Ali Khan was an Indian musician who played the plucked string instrument rudra veena. Khan performed in the style dhrupad and was described as the best living rudra veena player in India. Mallikarjun Mansur was an Indian classical singer of the khayal style in the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana. Ustad Bismillah Khan was an Indian shehnai maestro. He was the third classical musician to be awarded the Bharat
    Ratna, the highest civilian honour in India and gained worldwide acclaim for playing the shehnai for more than eight decades. Trippunithura Narayan Krishnan is a Carnatic music violinist.



  1. With which musical instrument is Hari Prasad Chaurasia associated ?
    1. Flute
    2. Sarod
    3. Sitar
    4. Veena

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    Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is an Indian classical instrumentalist. He is a player of the bansuri, the Indian bamboo flute. He is considered a rare combination of innovator and traditionalist. He has expanded the expressive possibilities of the bansuri through his masterful blowing technique.

    Correct Option: A

    Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is an Indian classical instrumentalist. He is a player of the bansuri, the Indian bamboo flute. He is considered a rare combination of innovator and traditionalist. He has expanded the expressive possibilities of the bansuri through his masterful blowing technique.