UPSC General Studies Sample Paper General Studies Sample Paper-2

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    Consider the following instruments.
    1. Dhol                         
    2. Tabia               
    3. Saxophone   
    4. Pakhawas
    5. Mridanga                  
    7. Jal Tarangs
    Which of the above are percussion instruments?

    A)  1, 2, 4 and 7                

    B)  3, 5, 6 and 7       

    C)  1, 2, 4 and 5                

    D)  1, 3, 5 and 6

    Correct Answer: C

    Solution :

    [c] The saxophone (also referred to as the sax) is family of woodwind instruments. Saxophones are usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet. The saxophone family was invented by the Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax in 1840. Tabla is an Indian percussion instrument, which dates back to the times of Persian Muslims. The dhol is a double-sided barrel drum played mostly as an accompanying instrument in regional music forms. Pakhawaj is essentially a North Indian version of the Mridangam and is the most common North Indian representative of the class of barrel shaped drums known as mridang. Theis a percussion instrument from India of ancient origin. It is the primary rhythmic accompaniment in a Carnatic music. The tambura, tanpura, tamburi (Bengali) is a long-necked plucked lute (a stringed instrument) found in different forms in Indian music culture. Hindustani musicians speak of 'tanpura' whereas Carnatic musicians say 'tambura'; 'tamburi' is a smaller instrument used for accompanying instrumental soloists. The Jal tarang is an Indian melodic percussion instrument. It consists of a set of ceramic or metal bowls tuned with water. The bowls are played by striking the edge with beaters, one in each hand.

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