A Republic Day Music Quiz

My original plan was to have a nice post on patriotic songs across multiple Indian languages. But given the popularity of the audio quizzes over the past couple of months, I decided to tweak the post to be a simple audio quiz. The theme here is all things India and patriotic. Each song/audio clip has a specific question associated with it. So listen to the clips while you look at the questions. As always, please message me the answers in private (Facebook messenger, Whatsapp, google plus message, email, whichever works for you). And please, in the spirit of fun, try not to google the answers.


Here are the clips. Read below for the questions.


1. Which Indian Prime Minister inspired Manoj Kumar to direct “Upkar”? Clue: The theme in question is “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan”

2. Which 1882 book by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay featured this poem (Vande Mataram) that went onto become  huge patriotic piece?

3. As many of you know, this is the popular “Mile sur” piece made by DD for national integration. The recording heard from the beginning of that piece features a doyen of Hindustani music. Can you name him?

4. Gandhiji’s use of this Ram Dhun, “Raghupathi Raghav”  made this piece closely associated with him and the freedom struggle. What event was the one where Gandhiji started using it and is closely associated with the piece?. Bonus Point question: In the rendition of the song you listened to, who is the artist playing the reed/ woodwind instrument?

5. This is of course, the popular piece “Vaishnava Janato.” Who wrote the song? Bonus Point question: Who are the two main singers featured in this version?

6. This song has less to do with the freedom struggle (it came after it). It does get closely associated with the nationalistic fervor though. This song and the tune are from the piece, “We Shall overcome” Which movie featured this particular audio version ofthe song? Bonus Point question: What was the context in which the original song was written?

7. This piece(original recording) was first performed by the famed Carnatic vocalist, M.S.Subbulakshmi. The recording was performed in front of an august gathering and got a lot of press when it happened (clue: in 1966). What was the event or where was it rendered? Bonus point question: Who wrote this song?

8. A.R.Rahman created this piece aimed at repairing relations with our neighbor. Who was the much celebrated singer whom he collaborated with?

9. This song was originally written to celebrate and honor the lives of our Indian soldiers who fought and lost their lives in the Sino-Indian war. It was written by Kavi Pradeep and sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Which celebrated music director composed the tune?

10. Final question, an easy one. A.R.Rahman collaborated with a bunch of Indian artists to deliver his take on our National Anthem, “Jana Gana Mana” Who are the singers of this particular version? If you really need a clue, they are sisters.

Good luck and enjoy.

Happy Indian Republic Day folks.

Other Quizzes

1. Audio Quiz- Part 1: TV Serial Theme songs

2. Audio Quiz- Part 2: Popular Indian TV ad jingles (1-10)

3. Audio Quiz- Part 3: Popular Indian TV ad jingles (11-20)

4. Audio Quiz- Part 4: Dialogues from Hindi Movies

5. Audio Quiz- Part 5: Dialogues from Tamil Movies


Audio Quiz (Part 5): Dialogues from Tamil movies

I am pretty excited to present the fifth in my series of audio quizzes. In addition to the quiz itself, I had so much fun listening to these clips while preparing them. There is humor and pathos and satire and what not in the few seconds you hear from each movie. I really hope you get to enjoy these clips as much as writing the answers back to me.

I took a break from posting these quizzes but the responses continued to flow which is very heartening to note. If you think you know tamil movies, this is the quiz to take. This one is probably the easiest quiz of the lot. I have run it twice and both groups got all answers right. Par for the course would be 13/15.

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Rules of the Game:

Each clip is about 30 seconds long with some rare exceptions. Here is how you can play it and keep it interesting for everyone else too.

  1. Listen to each of these clips and make a note of your answers.
  2. Once you are ready, message me your responses.
  3. While you are at it, would love to hear your feedback on how the quiz was and how I can make the next few episodes better.
  4. If you can, do respond to the original posting on Facebook or Google Plus with the fact that you sent me the answers. I will respond back with your score.
  5. Please come back for future episodes of the quiz.

Other Quizzes

1. Audio Quiz- Part 1: TV Serial Theme songs

2. Audio Quiz- Part 2: Popular Indian TV ad jingles (1-10)

3. Audio Quiz- Part 3: Popular Indian TV ad jingles (11-20)

4. Audio Quiz- Part 4: Dialogues from Hindi Movies