Indian Art & Culture GK Quiz-3

Indian Art & Culture GK Quiz-3

Indian Art & Culture Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) Quiz for State and UPSC Civil Services Examinations. Objective Questions on Indian Indian Art & Culture for competitive examinations.

    Question: Kathakali classical dance originated in :

    (1) Rajasthan 
    (2) Tamil Nadu
    (3) Kerala 
    (4) Karnataka

    Answer: (3) Kerala 
    Kathakali was originated in Kerala. It is regarded as the ballet of east. Its popularity is largely due to
    poet Vathathol Narayan Menon.

    Question: “Bhangra” is a dance of

    (1) Haryana 
    (2) Rajasthan
    (3) Delhi 
    (4) Punjab

    Answer: (4) Punjab
    Bhangra is a lively form of folk music and dance that originates from Punjab. People traditionally
    perform Bhangra when celebrating the harvest. It is a beautiful form of expression, a celebration of life,
    performed with overwhelming and infectious energy.

    Question: “Dandia” is a popular dance of

    (1) Gujarat 
    (2) Assam
    (3) Jharkhand 
    (4) Maharashtra

    Answer: (1) Gujarat 
    The dandiya is the chief folk dance of Gujarat, which is usually performed in groups, wherein young men and women dressed in colorful costumes, dance in circles with multihued sticks in their hands to the lively beat of drums. This dance is very popular during the Navratri season in October.

    Question: Which one of the following is wrongly paired ?

    Folk Dance State
    (1) Kerala Karagam
    (2) Gujarat Garba
    (3) Uttar Pradesh Nautanki
    (4) West Bengal Jatna

    Answer: (1) Kerala Karagam
    The Karagam Dance is s an ancient folk dance of Tamil Nadu performed in praise of the rain goddess Mariamman. The performers balance the water pot on their head very beautifully. This dance is considered to have been originated in Thanjavur.

    Question: “Sattriya Nritya” recognised as a classical dance form of India by the Sangeet Natak Akademi only in 2000, originated from

    (1) Assam 
    (2) Karnataka
    (3) Gujarat 
    (4) Tripura

    Answer: (1) Assam 
    Sattriya Nritya of Assam received recognition as one of the eight classical dance forms of India in 2000. Srimanta Sankardeva, the founder of Vaishnavism in Assam, founded this dance in the 15th century.

    Question: In which one of the following films did Fran act as a character artist and not in the role of a villain ?

    (1) Ram aur Shyam
    (2) Zanjeer
    (3) Madhumati
    (4) Himalaya Ki Godh Mein

    Answer: (2) Zanjeer
    Pran played a vast range of roles - from a hero to a villain to a character artist. His role of Sher Khan in Zanjeer was that of a character artist. The film, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri, changed the trend from romantic films to action films.

    Question: Which one of the following films was not directed by Satyajit Ray?

    (1) Aparajita
    (2) Charulata
    (3) Pather Panchali
    (4) Salaam Bombay

    Answer: (4) Salaam Bombay
    Salaam Bombay! is a 1988 Hindi film directed by Mira Nair. The film chronicles the day-to-day life of children living on the streets of Mumbai. It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.

    Question: The name of the great maestro of Indian Music “Ustad Bismillah Khan” is related to

    (1) Shehnai 
    (2) Tabla
    (3) Sarod 
    (4) Flute

    Answer: (1) Shehnai 
    Bismillah Khan was credited with popularizing the shehnai, a sub-continental wind instrument of the oboe class. He was awarded, the Bharat Ratna, in 2001, becoming the Third classical musician after M. S. Subbulakshmi and Ravi Shankar to be accorded this distinction.

    Question: The religious text of the Jews is named as

    (1) The Analectus
    (2) Torah
    (3) Tripitaka
    (4) Zend-Avesta

    Answer: (2) Torah
    The Torah, or Jewish Written Law, consists of the five books of the Hebrew Bible - known more commonly to non-Jews as the “Old Testament” that were given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai and include within them all of the biblical laws of Judaism. It is also known as the Chumash, Pentateuch or Five Books of Moses.

    Question: Indian first talkie film produced in 1931 was

    (1) Shakuntala 
    (2) Indra Sabha
    (3) Neel Kamal 
    (4) Alamara

    Answer: (4) Alamara
    Alam Ara (The Ornament of the World), a 1931 film directed by Ardeshir Irani, was India’s first talkie film. It debuted at the Majestic Cinema in Mumbai on 14 March 1931. The first Indian talkie was so popular that police aid had to be summoned to control the crowd.

    Question: The oldest form of composition of Hindustani vocal music is

    (1) Dhurpad
    (2) Thumri
    (3) Ghazal
    (4) None of the options

    Answer: (1) Dhurpad
    Dhrupad is the oldest and perhaps the grandest form of Hindustani vocal music. It is said to have descended from older forms like the Prabandha and the Dhruvapada. Dhrupad was essentially devotional in essence. A dhrupad recital typically consists of one or two male vocalists accompanied by the Tanpura and Pankhawaj.

    Question: Raga Kameshwari was composed by

    (1) Ustad Amzad Ali Khan
    (2) None of the options
    (3) Pandit Ravi Shankar
    (4) Uday Shankar

    Answer: (3) Pandit Ravi Shankar
    Raga Kameshwari was composed by Pandit Ravi Shankar in 1972. Ravi Shankar was one of the bestknown exponents of the sitar in the 20th century as well as a composer of Hindustani classical music.

    Question: The classical Dance of Andhra Pradesh is

    (1) Kuchipudi
    (2) Odissi
    (3) Bharatanatyam
    (4) Kathakali

    Answer: (1) Kuchipudi
    Kuchipudi is a Classical Indian dance from Andhra Pradesh. Kuchipudi is the name of a village in the Divi Taluka of Krishna district that borders the Bay of Bengal. According to legend, Siddhendra Yogi is considered to be the founder of the Kuchipudi dance-drama tradition.

    Question: Who directed the film on the dacoit queen Phoolan Devi ?

    (1) Abbas Mastan
    (2) Shashi Kapoor
    (3) Shekhar Kapoor
    (4) Anil Kapoor

    Answer: (3) Shekhar Kapoor
    Bandit Queen is a 1994 Indian biographical film based on the life of Phoolan Devi. It was directed by Shekhar Kapur and starred Seema Biswas as the title character. It was produced by Bobby Bedi’s Kaleidoscope Entertainment. The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.

    Question: Which among the following is a folk dance of India?

    (1) Mohiniattam 
    (2) Kathakali
    (3) Manipuri 
    (4) Garba

    Answer: (4) Garba
    Kathakali (Kerala), Mohiniattam (Kerala) and Manipuri (Manipur) are among the eight classical dances of India. Garba is a folk dance of Gujarat that is traditionally performed during the nine-day Hindu festival Navratri. The dancers honor Durga, the feminine form of divinity.

    Question: Which was the first talkie film made in India?

    (1) Kisan Kanya
    (2) Raja Harishchandra
    (3) Mother India
    (4) Alam Ara

    Answer: (4) Alam Ara
    India’s first talkie film was Alam Ara (The Ornament of the World). The film was released on March 14, 1931 at Majestic Cinema in Bombay. Alam Ara was made under the banner of Imperial Movietone. It was produced and directed by Ardeshir Marwan Irani.

    Question: Hari Prasad Chaurasia is a renowned player of :

    (1) Shehnai 
    (2) Tabla
    (3) Sarod 
    (4) Flute

    Answer: (4) Flute
    Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is an Indian classical flutist. He plays in the North Indian tradition. He has been honoured with several awards of which the most prominent ones are the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award of India, and the distinction of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) of France.

    Question: Which of the following is responsible for fostering the development of dance, drama and music in India?

    (1) Lalit Kala Akademi
    (2) Sangeet Natak Akademi
    (3) National School of Drama
    (4) Sahitya Akademi

    Answer: (2) Sangeet Natak Akademi
    The Sangeet Natak Akademi is the apex body of the performing arts in the country to preserve and promote the vast cultural heritage of India expressed in music, dance and drama. It was set up by the Indian education ministry on 31 May 1952 and became functional the following year. It is located in New Delhi.

    Question: Who among the following is not a Bharatanatyam dancer?

    (1) Leela Samson
    (2) Sonal Mansingh
    (3) Sitara Devi
    (4) Geeta Ramachandran

    Answer: (3) Sitara Devi
    Sitara Devi was an eminent Indian dancer of the classical Kathak style of dancing. Rabindranath Tagore described her as Nritya Samragini (empress of dance) after watching her performance when she was just 16 years old. She is still described as the Kathak queen.

    Question: Kathakali dance form is associated with which State?

    (1) Tamil Nadu
    (2) Andhra Pradesh
    (3) Manipur
    (4) Kerala

    Answer: (4) Kerala
    Kathakali originated in the present day state of Kerala during the 17th century. It is a stylized classical Indian dance-drama noted for the attractive makeup of characters, elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion.

    Question: Which musical framework once present in ‘Brihaddeshi’ an ancient text got grouped into folk and classical music ?

    (1) Vakra 
    (2) Swaras
    (3) Ragas 
    (4) Thaats

    Answer: (3) Ragas 
    Brihaddeshi is a classical Sanskrit text (dated 6th to 8th century A.D) on Indian classical music that speaks directly of the raga and distinguishes the classical (marga) and the folk (desi). It provides the basis for the emergence of the Mela system of classifying the Ragas. The term 'raga' first occurs in a technical context in the Brihaddeshi, where it is described as "a combination of tones which, with beautiful illuminating graces, pleases the people in general".

    Question: Pandit Lachhu Maharaj, who passed away recently, was associated with

    (1) Flute
    (2) Tabla
    (3) Kathak
    (4) Bharatnatyam

    Answer: (2) Tabla
    Lakshmi Narayan Singh, known professionally as Lachhu Maharaj, was an Indian tabla player of Benaras gharana. Along with his professional tabla performances all over the world, he was featured in films. Maharaj died in Varanasi on 28 July 2016, at the age of 72 years.

    Question: Shivkumar Sharma is famous for playing the

    (1) Sitar 
    (2) Flute
    (3) Santoor 
    (4) Tabla

    Answer: (3) Santoor 
    Shivkumar Sharma is an Indian Santoor player from the state of Jammu and Kashmir. He is credited with making the Santoor a popular Classical Instrument. The santoor is a trapezoid-shaped hammered dulcimer or string musical instrument made of walnut, with 72 strings.

    Question: Pannalal Ghosh played which of the following musical instruments?

    (1) Flute 
    (2) Sitar
    (3) Violin 
    (4) Santoor

    Answer: (1) Flute 
    Pannalal Ghosh, also known as Amal Jyoti Ghosh, was an Indian flute player. He was a disciple of Alauddin Khan and is credited with popularizing the flute as a concert instrument in Hindustani classical music. He was the first to introduce the seven-hole flute.

    Question: Which is post-harvest folk dance in Assam

    (1) Ankia Nat 
    (2) Bihu
    (3) Raut Nacha 
    (4) Namgen

    Answer: (2) Bihu
    Bihu dance is associated with the Bihu, a harvest festival of Assam. This joyous dance is performed by both young men and women during the Spring festival “Bohag Bihu” or Rongali Bihu celebrated in the middle of April. This is also the beginning of the agricultural season.

    Question: Ebraham Alkazi is an eminent personality in which one of the following area?

    (1) Heart surgery
    (2) Civil aviation
    (3) Theatre
    (4) Painting

    Answer: (3) Theatre
    Ebrahim Alkazi is one of the most influential Indian theatre directors and drama teachers in 20th-century Indian theatre. He is a former Director of National School of Drama, New Delhi. A noted art connoisseur, collector and gallery owner, he founded Art Heritage Gallery in Delhi.

    Question: Sattriya is a classical dance form of 

    (1) Manipur
    (2) Uttar Pradesh
    (3) Assam
    (4) Andhra Pradesh

    Answer: (3) Assam
    Sattriya is a dance-drama performance art with origins in the Krishna-centered Vaishnavism monasteries of Assam. It is attributed to the 15th century Bhakti movement scholar and saint named Srimanta Sankaradeva. It was recognized as a classical dance by Sangeet Natak Akademi of Indiain 2000.

    Question: Pt. Bhimsen Joshi is associated with which of the following fields?

    (1) Literature
    (2) Social services
    (3) Classical music
    (4) Politics

    Answer: (3) Classical music
    Pandit Bhimsen Joshiwas an Indian vocalist from Karnataka in the Hindustani classical tradition. He is known for the khayal form of singing, as well as for his popular renditions of devotional music (bhajans and abhangs). He received the Bharat Ratna in 2009.

    Question: Ragini is a popular form of folk song belonging to the State of

    (1) Kashmir 
    (2) Kerala
    (3) Haryana 
    (4) Manipur

    Answer: (3) Haryana 
    Haryanvi has a very rich culture in terms of folk songs that are called Raginis. Ragini song is the trade mark of Haryanvi culture. It is supplemented by folk dramas, known by the name of Saang.

    Question: Birju Maharaj is a well known exponent of

    (1) Manipuri dance
    (2) Kathak
    (3) Odissi
    (4) Kathakali

    Answer: (2) Kathak
    Birju Maharajis the leading exponent of the Lucknow Kalka-Bindadin gharana of Kathak dance in India. He is a descendant of the legendary Maharaj family of Kathak dancers, which includes his two uncles, Shambhu Maharaj and Lachhu Maharaj, and his father Acchan Maharaj.

    Question: Kolattam and Chholiya are the dance forms of which of the two States

    (1) Kerala and Karnataka
    (2) Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh
    (3) Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh
    (4) Karnataka and Bihar

    Answer: (2) Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh
    Kolattam is an art form of Andhra Pradesh played with sticks. It is a rural dance, a combination of rhythmic movements, songs and music usually performed during village festivals. Chholiya is a dance form practised in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. It is basically a sword dance accompanying a marriage procession but now it is performed on many occasions.

    Question: Zubin Mehta is associated with

    (1) Literature 
    (2) Painting
    (3) Music 
    (4) Journalism

    Answer: (3) Music 
    Zubin Mehta is an Indian conductor of western classical music. He is the Music Director for Life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Main Conductor for Valencia’s opera house. The Government of India honoured him with Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second highest civilian award, in 2001.

    Question: Where is the headquarters of National Film Archives of India (NFAI) located?

    (1) Pune 
    (2) Chennai
    (3) Bangalore 
    (4) Mumbai

    Answer: (1) Pune 
    The National Film Archive of India (NFAI) is headquartered at Pune, Maharashtra. It has three regional offices at Bangalore, Calcutta and Thiruvananthapuram. NFAI was established as a media unit of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in February 1964.

    Question: Ten thaats or scales, belong to which system of music?

    (1) Hindustani Music
    (2) Folk Music
    (3) Chinese Music
    (4) Western Music

    Answer: (1) Hindustani Music
    The ten Thaats are the modes of Indian classical music system. Thaats always have seven different pitches (called swara) and are a basis for the organization and classification of ragas in North Indian classical music. The Thaat system was created by Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande.

    Question: Which among the following is a form of folk theatre belonging to Gujarat?

    (1) Jatra 
    (2) Raas
    (3) Tamasha 
    (4) Bhavai

    Answer: (4) Bhavai
    Bhavai, also known as Vesha or Swang, is a popular folk theatre form of western India, especially in Gujarat. Bhavai is derived from Sanskrit word, Bhava which means expression. It is also associated with Hindu Goddess Amba. It is believed to have originated in the 14th century.

    Question: Who played the lead character in the movie “Bandit Queen”?

    (1) Rupa Ganguly
    (2) Sangeeta Mahapatra
    (3) Seema Biswas
    (4) Sonali Saha

    Answer: (3) Seema Biswas
    Bandit Queen is a 1994 Indian biographical film based on the life of Phoolan Devi as covered in the book India’s Bandit Queen: The True Story of Phoolan Devi by the Indian author Mala Sen. It was directed by Shekhar Kapur and starred Seema Biswas as the title character.

    Question: Where is the Film and Television Institute of India located?

    (1) Ahmedabad 
    (2) Mysore
    (3) Mumbai 
    (4) Pune

    Answer: (4) Pune
    The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) is situated on the premises of the erstwhile Prabhat Film Company in Pune, Maharashtra. It is an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of India. It was founded in 1960.

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