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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.

RepublicDay-Parade

Here are the clips. Read below for the questions.

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 3): Popular Indian Ad Jingles (contd)

This is the third of my audio quizzes. The first was on theme songs from Indian tv serials and the second one on ad jingles. Today, I am offering the third of those quizzes. The theme of this one is again popular TV ad jingles- mostly from the 80s and 90s. Many of them originally appeared on Doordarshan while some bled over to satellite TV. This should be relatively easy (expecting a lot of 10/10s here) than the TV serial one. After this we have dialogues from movies- tamil, hindi, and english.

lalitaji surf ad

Moving on to today’s quiz, here we go. Same rules of the game (copied and pasted from the previous quizzes):

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.

Past Quizzes

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

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

 

Audio Quiz (Part 2): Popular Indian ad jingles

Earlier this week, I published the first of a few audio quizzes I had prepared for a family Diwali event. Today, I am offering the second of those quizzes. The theme of this one is popular TV ad jingles- mostly from the 80s and 90s. Many of them originally appeared on Doordarshan while some bled over to satellite TV. This should be much easier (expecting a lot of 10/10s here) than the TV serial one. I have 10 more of the ad set which I will publish in a few days.

The response for the first quiz was interesting. On one hand,  analytics tells me that over a hundred people viewed the post and most of them spent a good amount of time on the page meaning- atleast heard a few of the audio clips. But the actual number of people who took the quiz was much lesser- closer to 10-15%. This tells me one of two things – either the quiz was too hard and folks felt they would not fare well or that it was boring and not worth an attempt. If it was the former, I would like to clear the air- any score is a good score. That is why I ask people to message me in private. Also, it is all for fun. If its the second, would like to hear your feedback on how it could be more interesting.

goldspot

Moving on to today’s quiz, here we go. Same rules of the game (copied and pasted from the previous quiz):

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.

 

Audio Quiz (Part 1): TV serial theme songs

Every once in a while, we are reminded of our childhood back in India. Of TV serials and funny ads and iconic movie dialogues. Well, here is your chance to relive that age.

I recently conducted a small audio quiz for a bunch of family members visiting for Deepavali. The topics were:

  1. Hindi movie dialogue clips
  2. Tamil movie dialogue clips
  3. English movie dialogue clips
  4. Indian TV ad jingles
  5. Indian TV serial theme song snippets

I had a phenomenal time just preparing the quiz. I spent hours across multiple nights listening to hundreds of movie dialogues, ad jingles and TV show theme songs to narrow down to a few simple ones that are instantly recognizable, yet fun. I was swept in a wave of nostalgia. I publicly mused on Facebook if I could post it online after the event and here is my attempt at it.

If the first quiz has a good response, I will post the rest over the next few weeks in bite sized chunks.

Caveat:

If you are a copyright holder and think a clip should not be here, please let me know. I will remove it. The intention here is solely for the enjoyment of the audience and in the process, rekindle interest in the movie/TV show/product.

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.

Quiz 1: TV Serial Theme songs