Mahabharata Quiz prelims

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Mahabharata Quiz prelims

  1. 1. the Mahabharat quiz Mahabharata :: is not just in th Politics | Entertainment | Heroes | Villains | Storytellers | Myths | Cultures MiQuest Auditorium, MICA 1st December 2013
  2. 2. Before we start… • The Mahabharata is a religion-neutral story that was later glorified in certain contexts and later reinforced by information media • There still exist many versions of Mahabharata – including Bengali, Awadhi, South Indian versions, Indonesian, Burmese and English adaptations – not to mention many adaptations in theatre, literature, movies, arts, dances, music and even comics and games • You will throughout see visuals and images from various such outlets – they are credited at the end of this block • You need not know the Mahabharata to the letter – a general info about the events and characters would do • However, not everything you read on the slide and see in the background as the picture, may be related, so do presume unless told otherwise • For some questions, you do need to know the actual names and events; however, most questions are related to contemporary events and elements that draw from the epic – also, rest of the questions can be worked out with the help of other questions and images Credits for images : • Grant Morisson’s conceptualized movies, short films, comics and graphic novels • Japanese theatre performances • English theatre groups’ performances • Peter Brook’s play The Mahabharata • Shounak Jog’s and Deepak Chopra’s illustrations
  3. 3. the Mahabharat quiz | prelims 20 questions Equal weightage | 15 Starred | 5 10 – Mahabharata based | 10 Mahabharata - relevant
  4. 4. Question 1 • According to the texts, Ganesha wrote the Mahabharata while Ved Vyasa narrated the story. • There are many stories behind the origins/state of this object that was used to write the great epic. • What is this object?
  5. 5. Question 2 • Ved Vyasa is the widely accepted as the narrator of the epic – having narrated it to his scribe, Ganesha • Who was Ved Vyasa in Mahabharata how was he related to the epic?
  6. 6. Question 3 • He was born Firoz Khan but later had to change the name because of his role in the series on the epic by B.R.Chopra. • He was also seen in many Bollywood movies like Jigar, Karan Arjun and QSQT. • What was his screen name that he uses till date?
  7. 7. Question 4 • In 2006, a movie that was released, was spun around Karna’s earrings and armour that was given to him by the Sun God. • These had made Karna nearly invincible on the battlefield. • However, Indra had managed to force Karna to give them up – following which Indra had supposedly hidden them in the Himalayas. • The movie starred Vivek Oberoi,
  8. 8. Question 5* • In the book The Great Indian Novel, Shashi Tharoor re-tells the entire story of the Indian Freedom Struggle as the Mahabharata story. • Different characters from the struggle like Gandhi, Nehru and Bose are shown as different characters from Mahabharata. • So, Gandhi plays Bheeshma and Nehru plays Dhritarashtra. • Who (or what) plays the role of Draupadi?
  9. 9. Question 6 • Connect • Volumes/Parts in Mahabharata • Volumes/Parts in Bhagvat Geeta • The great war • Divisions of armies in the war • The value of Jaya – the original name of Mahabharata • According to Bhagvat Geeta, traits of an ideal man
  10. 10. Question 7 • ‘Razm-nama’ is the Persian translation of the epic. • The person who commissioned the translation is also credited with the translation of many other cultural and religious texts across religions and faiths. • He is also credited with the establishment of a new religion that would borrow from all religions. • Who was he?
  11. 11. Question 8 Connect • Volumes/Parts in Mahabharata • Volumes/Parts in Bhagvat Geeta • The great war • Divisions of armies in the war • The value of Jaya – the original name of Mahabharata • According to Bhagvat Geeta, traits of an ideal man
  12. 12. Question 9 • Anant Pai produced a 60 part series on the Mahabharat under a popular banner that was later cut short to 42 parts. • This production also clashed with B.R.Chopra’s television show on the same subject in the same time. • Name the banner.
  13. 13. Question 10 • Name the dynasty or the clan from which the characters of Mahabharat have originated.
  14. 14. Question 11* • During their exile in the forest, after losing to the Kauravas in the game of dice, Yudhishtira is very depressed on bringing the gloom on all of them. • Rishi Bhargava then tell him a story of a man - X - who was once to be king but later had to suffer – not even for any faults – but due to jealousy. • This man had also been exiled and had to win a war before marking an end of the period of his suffering – thus depicting the triumph of good v/s evil. • This story was later picked up and glorified, prominently by Y and then later by Z. • X, Y, Z ?
  15. 15. Question 12 • The Greeks, the Egyptians and the Christians – like the Mahabharata have many similar elements – one of them being virgin- births. • Like Jesus, there are two characters in Mahabharata that were born to virgins. • One of them is Krishna. • Who is the other character?
  16. 16. Question 13 • The Kauravas have always been the villains in all the versions of the epic. • But there were two of the hundred brothers that have been known to be fair and just. • During the attempted disrobing of Draupadi after the game of dice between the Pandavas and the Kauravas, everyone including Bheeshma, Drona, Vidur and Dhritarashtra had remained silent. • However, there was one Kaurava who had voiced his contempt openly. • Who was he?
  17. 17. Question 14 • The Kauravas have always been the villains in all the versions of the epic. • But there were two of the hundred brothers that have been known to be fair and just. • Like Vibhishana in Ramayana, the other ‘good’ Kaurava had fought for the Pandavas during the great war. • What was his name?
  18. 18. Question 15 • X: Do you know that I have two sweethearts? • Y: Really? Who are they? If necessary, I will kidnap them to get them for you! • X: They are not girls, my friend - besides, I can only get one of them and not the other! • Y: What do you mean? • X: It is simple - one is the death of Arjuna, the other is my own death • X, Y?
  19. 19. Question 16* • The dialogues of the B.R.Chopra adaptation for television became household lines and even symbols of the Hindu-culture – which reinforced the Hindu-retelling of the epic as a religious one. • However, what is remarkable is that the dialogues in Hindi were written by a Muslim who had also written the script of Mithun Chakraborty starrer Disco Dancer. • Also dialogues for movies like Golmaal, Lamhe and Karz. • What was his name?
  20. 20. Question 17 • Media have variously described Harish Bhimani as ‘One of the Most Recognisable Voices of India’, ‘The Most-travelled Indian Compere’ and ‘A Writer with a Zing’. • He has been compering at Madison Square Garden to the Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House & Shrine Auditorium & writing TV serials. • What character did he play in the B.R.Chopra adaptation of the epic?
  21. 21. Question 18* • There are two characters common in both the Indian epics. • One of them is Hanumana. • Who is the other one?
  22. 22. Question 19 • In the Meluha series by Tripathi, the Chandravanshis attack the Suryavanshis, the clan to which Shiva is claim to hail from, in the book. • Bharat was the son of Dushyanta, the ruler of Hastinapur from his wife, Shakuntala – making him the descendant of the Lunar line of Kshatriyas or the Chandravanshis. • Bharat was the great grandfather to the Kauravas and the Pandavas. • Such a legendary character – who also preceded the epic Maha-Bharat, would have to be fittingly played by a renowned and established character actor from the film industry, thought the Chopras. • Who played the role of Bharat in their television series?
  23. 23. Question 20* • Before the Mahabharat era, anthropologically, there was no concept of religion or X. • Vishwaketu, the son of a sage got enraged with the behavior and attitudes of Y and Z and proposed the theory of X. • X has today become a universally accepted activity and is practiced/observed as much as music, religion and culture. • It has also been a subject of debate amongst neo and liberal thinkers and practitioners. X is also practiced in various forms in different cutures and religions and also has legal norms and guidelines. • What is X?

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