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Ravi Shankar 100 Quiz…Test your knowledge about one of India’s great cultural figures…

Ravi Shankar 100 Quiz…Test your knowledge about one of India’s great cultural figures…

Our light-hearted quiz about the man and his music…just how well do you know about him and his cultural legacy?

By Suman Bhuchar

THE MUSIC maestro and world-renowned sitar player, Ravi Shankar, would have been 100 today (April 7), and in order to honour his birthday and legacy, brings you this quiz to test how well you know the musician and his contribution to music, art and culture. Good Luck! We will reveal all to the 11 questions on Friday (April 17). Read our main story too – see the link at the end…

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Question 1 (Q1) We all know that Ravi Shankar composed music for Satyajit Ray’s films, ‘The Apu Trilogy’ but before he did that, can you name the Hindi film he composed the music for and which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1946?

a) Neech Nagar
b) Dharti Ke Lal
c) Andaz
d) Aurat
e) Anmol Ghadi

Q2 When and where did Ravi Shankar meet violinist Yehudi Menuhin?

a) When Menuhin came to India in 1952
b) At the UNESCO music festival in Paris, 1958
c) At Woodstock Music Festival in New York, 1969
d) Pablo Casals Music Festival, 1950
e) Monterey Pop Festival, 1967

Q3 Which pop group introduced Ravi Shankar to George Harrison of The Beatles?

a) The Beach Boys
b) The Rolling Stones
c) Jefferson Airplane
d) The Byrds
e) The Mamas and the Papas

Q4 In 1971 Ravi Shankar and other musicians performed the Concert for Bangladesh, where was this event held?

a) Times Square, New York
b) Carnegie Hall, New York
c) Madison Square Garden, New York
d) Apollo Theater, New York (spelt theatre in American spelling as this is how the venue is known).
e) The Cotton Club, New York

Q5 Ravi Shankar was nominated for an Academy Award for ‘Best Music Score’ – name the film and for a bonus point name his collaborator?

a) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
b) Tootsie
c) Gandhi
d) ET: the Extra-Terrestrial
e) Fanny and Alexander

Q6 Who was the most frequent tabla accompanist for Pandit Ravi Shankar (clue: they played together at Monterey Pop Festival, 1967)

a) Zakir Hussain
b) Alla Rakha
c) Chatur Lal
d) Bickram Ghosh
e) Tanmoy Bose

Q7 Pandit Ravi Shankar wore a huge diamond ring which he said was ‘manifested’ by his spiritual guru. Name that person

a) Bhagwan Shri Rajneesh
b) Sri Ramdev
c) Satya Sai Baba
d) Pattabi Jois
e) Amma, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

Q8 As a tribute to Pandit Ravi Shankar, another musician named his child after the maestro, can you name that person?

a) Miles Davis
b) John Coltrane
c) George Harrison
d) Ringo Starr
e) Art Blakey

Q9 The Ravi Shankar Foundation has its own independent record label that produces the work of the legendary sitar maestro – can you name the label?

a) Outcaste Records
b) Blue Note Records
c) Navras Records Limited
d) East Meets West Music
e) Angel Records

Q10 In 2017 the South Bank Centre, staged the opera, ‘Sukanya’, co-produced by the Royal Opera House, The Curve, Leicester and London Philharmonic Orchestra. Who wrote the libretto for this piece?

a) Amitav Ghosh
b) Chetan Bhagat
c) Amit Chaudhuri
d) R. K. Narayan
e) Aravind Adiga

Q11 In 2013 father, Pandit Ravi Shankar was given the ‘Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award’ but he and his daughter were both nominated for the 55th Grammy Award in the World Music category – name the album and winner.

a) The Living Room Sessions: Part 1
b) Traveller
c) Collaborations Box Set with George Harrison
d) Traces of You
e) Little Broken Hearts

We hope you have had fun testing your musical knowledge…

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Remember to click on Friday to see how well you did… see you all then!

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Written by Asian Culture Vulture