KS3 Music Quiz
Indian Musical Genres 01
The tabla is the instrument usually used to play the theka.

Indian Musical Genres 01

In KS3 music lessons you'll look at several different musical genres. One of these will be Indian musical genres, and this quiz will help you see exactly how much you've learned about them.

You will find 'tal' in all Indian musical genres - but what is it? How about 'theka', 'qawwali', 'asthayi', 'swar', 'antara', 'bhajan' or 'rag'? If you know, then well done! You'll find this quiz a breeze. If you don't know, don't worry. You'll find out all about them right here.

India's classical music tradition has a history spanning millennia and it remains fundamental to the lives of Indians today as sources of spiritual inspiration, cultural expression and pure entertainment.

Try this quiz on Indian music genres. Can you tell a tal from a tabla? Find out and and see if you can score ten out of ten!

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  1. What is an 'antara'?
    The antara follows the sthayi
  2. What is a 'swar'?
    The swar are the notes in the Indian music scale
  3. What best describes 'tal'?
    The tal is usually played on small drums called tabla
  4. What is an asthayi?
    The swar is usually in the middle/lower registers
  5. What is 'theka'?
    Used for keeping time in music
  6. Bhajan/qawwali represents what kind of music?
    Strictly speaking, a 'devotional song' with no fixed form
  7. What instrument is the theka usually played by?
    Tabla are small drums
  8. What is a bhajan/qawwali?
    Bhajans and qawwalis are spiritual songs
  9. What best describes a 'rag'?
    Strictly speaking, a prescribed selection of melodic material that is the basis for composition and improvisation
  10. What is the swar for an antara?
    An antara is similar to a verse in Western music

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