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(GK) Indian Culture (Arts, Religion, Entertainment)

1. In Indian musical terminology, what is the feminine of Raga? Ans : Ragini 2. What term is used for initiation into Sikhism? Ans : Pahul 3. In Hindu mythology, what is the name of the auspicious jewel Lord Vishnu wears on a pendant around his neck? Ans : Kaustubham 4. What name was given to the city of Yathrib by Prophet Mohammed? Ans : Medina 5. According to legend, which deity was Ved Vyasa's scribe as he dictated the story of the Mahabharata? Ans : Ganesha 6. Consider the following statements about Sikh Gurus: 1. Banda Bahadur was appointed as the military leader of the Sikhs by Guru Tegh Bahadur. 2. Guru Arjan Dev become the Sikh Guru after Guru Ram Das. 3. Guru Arjan Dev gave to Sikhs their own script- Gurumukhi. Which of the statements gives is/are correct? (a) 1 only Ans : D 7. Who among the following is well known as an exponent of flute? (a) Debu Choudhuri (c) Ronu Mazumdar Ans : C (b) Madhup Mudgal (d) Shafaat Ahmad (b) 2 and 3 (c) 1 and 3 (d) 1 and 2

8. Which one of the following four Vedas contains an account of magical charms and spells? (a) Rig-veda (c) Atharva-veda Ans : C 9. What is the interval between two 'Maha Kumbh' melas at the same place? (a) 6 years Ans : C 10. Who amongst the following is regarded as the historical founder of Jainism? (a) Mahavira (c) Rishabha Ans : A 11. Which Ragamala depicts the martial arts by introducing horsemen in battle? Ans : Nataraga/ Natanarayana 12. What is the name of the elephant which serves as the mount of Lord Indra? Ans : Airavata 13. Name the sea demoness known for trapping birds by illusion, who tried to obstruct Hanuman on his way to Lanka? Ans : Simhika 14. Which traditional Asian performing art derives its name from the Japanese words for 'singing', 'dancing' and 'acting'? Ans : Kabuki 15. Who founded 'Yoga Shastra' the school of Hindu philosophy Ans : Patanjali (b) Sisunaga (d) Gautama (b) 10 years (c) 12 years (d) 15 years (b) Yajur-veda (d) Sama-veda

16. Who established Khalsa the Sikh order Ans : Guru Gobind Singh 17. The Meenakshi temple at Madurai is the monument of (a) Cholas (c) Pallavas Ans : D 18. Tirupati temple of Lord Venkateswara is situated in which state Ans : Andhra Pradesh 19. Which indian state banned the forceful religious conversions Ans : Tamil Nadu 20. Bhagavata Mela is a folk dance of Ans : Andhra Pradesh 21. The famous Sun Temple is located in which Indian state Ans : Orissa 22. Pungi is a dance form related to the state Ans : Himachal Pradesh 23. Garba a popular folk dance is associated with Indian state Ans : Gujarat 24. Bhangra is the folk dance of which Indian state Ans : Punjab (b) Cheras (d) Pandyas

25. Who is the director of the Sanskrit film Adi Sankara Ans : G.V. Iyer 26. Which is the first Sanskrit film produced in India Ans : Adi Sankara 27. Which is the first talkie film Ans : The Jazz Singer in 1927 28. Who is known as Barefoot Painter Ans : M.F.Hussain 29. The Mohiniyattam dance form was developed in which state Ans : Kerala 30. Which of the following is the most prevalent folk dance of Uttar Pradesh (a) Naati (c) Tamasha Ans : D 31. Which of the following is a classical dance form of Andhra Pradesh (a) Odissi (c) Kathakali Ans : B 32. The role of religion has been (a) to bring people closer (b) to provide faith to people in distress (c) Harmonizing (d) All the above Ans : D (b) Kuchipudi (d) Mohiniyattam (b) Bhangra (d) Nautanki

33. In which tribe the divorced women is most respected (a) Korawa of Mizapur (c) Lushai of Assam Ans : A 34. The shuddi movement to bring back to the Hindufold people converted to other religions from Hinduism was launched by Ans : Arya Samajam 35. Which of the following is not a varna (group) of the Aryan society (a) Vaishyas (c) Shudras Ans : D 36. Which of the societies practiced polyandry (a) Nyinba of Nepal (c) Wodabe of Africa Ans : D 37. What is the most essential element of nationality (a) A common race (c) A common religion Ans : C 38. Marriage in which the bridegroom gets the bride in exchange of some money (a) Asura (c) Rashasa Ans : B 39. A childless widow who could cohabit with her brother-in-law until the birth of a son. This practice was known as (a) Niyoga (b) Levirate (b) Brahma (d) Prajapatia (b) A common language (d) Corporate sentiment (b) Medieval of Europeans (d) Todas of India (b) Brahmanas (d) Sabhas (b) Santhals (d) Khasi tribe

(c) Sororate Ans : A

(d) Nantru

40. God created society just as he did the animate and inanimate objects of the world. This view comes from the (a) Divine Origin Theory (b) Evolution Theory (c) Religious Theory Ans : A 41. Who is considered as the father of Jainism Ans : Mahavira 42. The oldest Veda is (a) Atharva Veda (c) Yajur Veda Ans : B 43. Ramakrishna Mission was established by Ans : Swami Vivekananda 44. The Simhastha Kumbh Mela was held at (a) Nasik Ans : A 45. Who was the first recipient of a scholarship offered by the Indian Society of Oriental Arts in 1907 Ans : Nandala Bose 46. Who is the director of Pather Panjali Ans : Sathyajith Ray (b) Ujjain (c) Prayag (d) Haridwar (b) Rig Veda (d) Sama Veda

47. Who was the director of the movie Salaam Bombay Ans : Mira Nair 48. With which musical instrument is Shiv Kumar Sharma associated (a) Tabala Ans : B 49. Keleucharan Mahapatra was an exponent in Ans : Odissi 50. Dandiya Ras is a dance form of which state (a) Kerala Ans : C (b) Bengal (c) Gujarat (d) Maharashtra (b) Santoor (c) Sithar (d) Shehnai