Top UPSC IAS Indian Culture Quiz 2020 – Solve & Learn India’s Culture for Civil Services

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1.With reference to Dhrupad, one of the major traditions of India that has been kept alive for centuries, which of the following statements are correct?
  • ADhrupad originated and developed in the Rajput kingdoms during the Mughal period
  • BDhrupad is primarily a devotional and spiritual music
  • CDhrupad Alap uses Sanskrit syllables from Mantras
  • DNone of the above is correct

Answer2 and 3 only

2.How do you distinguish between Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dances?
  • ADancers occasionally speaking dialogues is found in Kuchipudi dance but not in Bharatanatyam
  • BDancing on the brass plate by keeping the feet on its edges is a feature of Bharatanatyam but Kuchipudi dance does not have such a form of movements.
  • C1 only
  • DBoth 1 and 2

Answer1 only

3.In the context of cultural history of India, a pose in dance and dramatics called ‘Tribhanga’ has been a favourite of Indian artists from ancient times till today. Which one of the following statements best describes this pose
  • AOne leg is bent and the body is slightly but oppositely curved at waist and neck
  • B Facial expressions, hand gestures and make-up are combined to symbolize certain epic or historic characters
  • CMovements of body, face and hands are used to express oneself or to tell a story
  • DA little smile, slightly curved waist and certain hand gestures are emphasized to express the feelings of love or eroticism

AnswerOne leg is bent and the body is slightly but oppositely curved at waist and neck

4.With reference to the history of Indian rock-cut architecture, consider the following statements:
  • AThe caves at Badami are the oldest surviving rock-cut caves in India
  • BThe Barabar rock-cut caves were originally made for Ajivikas by Emperor Chandragupta Maurya
  • CAt Ellora, caves were made for different faiths.
  • D3 only

Answer3 only

5.Consider the following historical places. Which of the above places is / are also known for mural paintings?
  • AAjanta Caves
  • BLepakshi Temple
  • CSanchi Stupa
  • D1 and 2 only

Answer1 and 2 only

6.With reference to the cultural history of India, the term ‘Panchayatan’ refers to
  • Aan assembly of village elders
  • Ba religious sect
  • Ca style of temple construction
  • Dan administrative functionary

Answera style of temple construction

7.With reference to the famous Sattriya dance, consider the following statements. Which of the statements given above is /are correct?
  • ASattriya is a combination of music, dance and drama.
  • BIt is a centuries-old living tradition of Vaishnavites of Assam
  • CIt is based on classical Ragas and Talas of devotional songs composed by Tulsidas, Kabir and Mirabai.
  • D1, 2 and 3

Answer1, 2 and 3

8.A community of people called Manganiyars is well-known for their
  • Amartial arts in North-East India
  • Bmusical tradition in North-West India
  • Cclassical vocal music in South India
  • Dpietra dura tradition in Central India

Answermusical tradition in North-West India

9.Consider following pairs: Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?
  • AGarba : Gujarat
  • BMohiniattam : Odisha
  • CYakshagana : Karnataka
  • DTabo monastery and temple complex: Spiti Valley

AnswerYakshagana : Karnataka

10.With reference to India’s culture and tradition, what is ‘Kalaripayattu’?
  • AIt is an ancient Bhakti cult of Shaivism still prevalent in some parts of South India
  • BIt is an ancient style bronze and brasswork still found in southern part of Coromandel area
  • CIt is an ancient form of dance-drama and a living tradition in the northern part of Malabar
  • DIt is an ancient martial art and a living tradition in some parts of South India

AnswerIt is an ancient martial art and a living tradition in some parts of South India