The name of this language is derived from the
Turkish/Mongolian word meaning army
encampment. Hence, it is called the language of
Armies of a certain period contained soldiers with
various native tongues. Hence, this language was
chosen to address soldiers as it abridged several
In his spare time, X began collecting materials from
demolition sites around the city. He recycled these
materials into his own vision of the divine kingdom of
Sukrani, choosing a gorge in a forest near Sukhna Lake for
his work. The gorge had been designated as a land
conservancy, a forest buffer established in 1902 that
nothing could be built on.
X’s work was illegal, but he was able to hide it for
eighteen years before it was discovered by the authorities
in 1975. By this time, it had grown into a 12-acre
(49,000 m2) complex of interlinked courtyards, each filled
with hundreds of pottery-covered concrete sculptures of
dancers, musicians, and animals.
X was an Indian musical composer and teacher from the
village of Majorda (near Margao in Goa) who, during the
mid-1950s, attempted to merge the symphonies of his
Goan heritage with the Hindustani melodies and rhythms
in films of the day.
He found his first job in the city as a violinist in the group
of the composer Naushad in 1943. He taught R.D.
Burman and Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma-( member of
the Laxmikant Pyarelal team) and worked with most of
the legendary composers of the 1950s and 1960s. A few
examples of his work are Naya Daur, Waqt, Dillagi, and
The novel ____ ________, originally titled Bazaar-e-Husn
, is the tale of an unhappy housewife who is lured away
from the path of domestic virtue into becoming a
courtesan but then reforms herself and atones by serving
as the manager of an orphanage for the young daughters
of courtesans, the ____ _______ of the Hindi title. While
the Urdu title highlights the fall of the heroine, the Hindi
title highlights her redemption, and it is tempting to see
the two titles as widely symptomatic of their respective
Which novel ?
Dilip Prabhavalkar is a Marathi film, television and
theatre actor. He started his acting career in the play
‘Lobh Nasava Hi Vinanti’ written by Vijay Tendulkar.
His debut Bollywood movie was Encounter : The
Killing, but he achieved nation-wide recognition
through a cult movie for which he also won the
National Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Incidentally, this movie was the first Hindi movie to be
screened at the United Nations.
What role did Mr. Prabhavalkar play in that movie?
Singh is shown
on the cover.
There once lived a terrifying and powerful asura,
called Tripura, who could not be killed by any
celestial being. All the Gods went to Lord Shiva,
who used a weapon called the Aghhora, the
intensity of which killed the asura. Now, Shiva’s
heat had to be totally used in summoning the
weapon. The heat was too much, even for Shiva.
So, he closed his eyes and it absorbed all the heat
What was formed thus ?
Composed by Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma &
Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia for a movie,
this song is one of India’s best known folk
songs. The taal of the song is ‘Keherwa’ of
Hindustani classical music and the lyrics
were penned by X based on a traditional
Rajasthani bhajan by Meerabai.
Identify X and the song (No part points)
X = Harivansh Rai Bachchan
The song is ‘Rang Barse’ from Silsila
Explaining the prefix to his name, this music graduate
from the Trinity School of Music, London, says,
"During my college days in UK, I picked up this slang
from my African-American friends. Literally,
translated, it means aapka apna (your own). Today, it
has given me a unique identity.”
Currently he is the highest-paid musical artist in
Identify the style of painting, also having a Geographical Indicator (GI) status
X belonged to a band of announcers of Radio Ceylon who
enjoyed iconic status with millions of listeners. His multitalented brother, Y (an eminent broadcaster in English)
was the host of Bournvita Quiz Contest.
X helped popularize Radio Ceylon in India and the station
ruled the airwaves in the 1950s and 1960s and X was most
famous for presenting Binaca Geetmala, a countdown of
the most famous songs of every year, between 1953 to
X is still known as the "golden voice" of Indian radio.
Chutney music is a form indigenous to the southern Caribbean,
popular in Guyana, Trinidad and Suriname. It derives elements from
traditional Indian music & popular Trinidadian Soca music. It was
created in 1940s by Indo-Caribbean people whose ancestors were
mainly from Bihar.
The lyrics are either Hindi, English or Bhojpuri and are laid down over
beats derived from Indian dholak beats, mixed with the soca beat. A
chutney song is an up-tempo song, and may be accompanied by
instruments like electric guitar, synthesizer, dholak, harmonium,
dhantal, tassa drums, etc.
Chutney music was introduced in Bollywood last year and become
quite a rage. Identify the song which was based on Chutney music.
The man in the painting
was the king of Kosala, a
member of the
Suryavansha dynasty and
one of the forefathers of
He is depicted as showing
the way to “someone”
and taking her
somewhere where she is
going to stay.
Who is he?
This dish is described in the writings of Afanasiy Nikitin, a
Russian adventurer who travelled to the Indian
subcontinent in the 15th century. It was very popular with
the Mughals, especially Jahangir. ‘Ain-i-Akbari’, a 16th
century document, written by Mughal Emperor, Akbar’s
vizier, Abu'l-Fazlibn Mubarak, mentions the recipe for this
dish, which gives seven variations. The name is also the
Benarsi local name of the Makar Sankranti festival.
Identify the dish, whose name you must have heard on
TV and later in a movie.
These are some of the movies for which
legendary Kathak artist, Pandit Birju Maharaj
Give me the next in the list .
Ramchandra Narayanji Dwivedi was a renowned poet and
songwriter who is best known for his patriotic song Aye Mere Watan
Ke Logo written as a tribute to the soldiers who had died defending
the country during the Sino-Indian War.
His status as a nationalistic writer got immortalized for writing a
daringly patriotic song Door Hato Ae Duniya Walo in India's first
golden jubilee hit Kismet (1943) because he was forced to go
underground to avoid arrest immediately after the film's release that
invited the ire of British government
In 1997, he was honoured by India's highest award in
Cinema, the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for Lifetime Achievement.
He was also made the Rashtrakavi and is known to us by which
Badruddin Tyabji in his memoirs vividly describes
an encounter with her in Shimla in 1930s when in
midst of a conversation on art and literature she
simply took her clothes off and lay naked on the
She is also the subject of a play ‘Aapki ______’
(1992), starring Shabana Azmi and Farookh
Who is she, sometimes known as India’s Frida
The following quote by X’s creator ascertains its location in South
India "I must be absolutely certain about the psychology of the character I
am writing about, and I must be equally sure of the background. I know
the Tamil and Kannada speaking people most. I know their background.
I know how their minds work and almost as if it is happening to me, I
know exactly what will happen to them in certain circumstances. And I
know how they will react.“
The exact location, however, is a matter of speculation. Many are of
the opinion that it may be Coimbatore, with a river on one side,
forest on the other, and many similar buildings and lanes as X like
Lawley road, Variety Hall, Bombay Anand Bhavan, etc. It is also
speculated that it may be located near the river Kaveri ,
or Yadavgiri in the erstwhile state of Mysore.
According to a fable, X married 27 daughters of
Daksha, but truly loved only one of them. His other wives
complained about this negligent behavior to Daksha, who
cursed him that he would become ugly forever. As a
penance, X prayed to Lord Shiva to remove the curse.
However, Lord Shiva said that he could not remove the
curse completely, but said that whenever X lost his beauty
completely, he would again gradually gain his beauty and
the cycle would go on.
Who is X ?