KS3 Music Quiz - Indian Musical Genres 01 (Questions)

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!

1. What is a bhajan/qawwali?
[ ] An instrumental solo
[ ] An orchestra work
[ ] A type of song
[ ] None of the above
2. Bhajan/qawwali represents what kind of music?
[ ] Experimental jazz
[ ] Hip-hop
[ ] Religious
[ ] Secular
3. What is a 'swar'?
[ ] The volume
[ ] The note/pitch
[ ] The tempo
[ ] All of the above
4. What is an asthayi?
[ ] The first part of a composition
[ ] The second part of a composition
[ ] The third part of a composition
[ ] None of the above
5. What is the swar for an antara?
[ ] Mostly in the upper register
[ ] Mostly in the lower/middle register
[ ] Nothing to do with pitch, just played loudly!
[ ] None of the above
6. What is an 'antara'?
[ ] The first part of a composition
[ ] The second part of a composition
[ ] The third part of a composition
[ ] The fourth part of a composition
7. What best describes 'tal'?
[ ] The system of dynamics
[ ] The system of key signature changes
[ ] The system of rhythm in Indian music as a whole
[ ] The system of volume
8. What is 'theka'?
[ ] A key change pattern
[ ] A dynamic change
[ ] A drumming pattern identified by a particular tal
[ ] All of the above
9. What instrument is the theka usually played by?
[ ] Electric Guitar
[ ] Mandolin
[ ] Piano
[ ] Tabla
10. What best describes a 'rag'?
[ ] A type of experimental jazz
[ ] A genre of rock music from the 1980s
[ ] The modal basis of Indian classical music
[ ] None of the above
KS3 Music Quiz - Indian Musical Genres 01 (Answers)
1. What is a bhajan/qawwali?
[ ] An instrumental solo
[ ] An orchestra work
[x] A type of song
[ ] None of the above
Bhajans and qawwalis are spiritual songs
2. Bhajan/qawwali represents what kind of music?
[ ] Experimental jazz
[ ] Hip-hop
[x] Religious
[ ] Secular
Strictly speaking, a 'devotional song' with no fixed form
3. What is a 'swar'?
[ ] The volume
[x] The note/pitch
[ ] The tempo
[ ] All of the above
The swar are the notes in the Indian music scale
4. What is an asthayi?
[x] The first part of a composition
[ ] The second part of a composition
[ ] The third part of a composition
[ ] None of the above
The swar is usually in the middle/lower registers
5. What is the swar for an antara?
[x] Mostly in the upper register
[ ] Mostly in the lower/middle register
[ ] Nothing to do with pitch, just played loudly!
[ ] None of the above
An antara is similar to a verse in Western music
6. What is an 'antara'?
[ ] The first part of a composition
[x] The second part of a composition
[ ] The third part of a composition
[ ] The fourth part of a composition
The antara follows the sthayi
7. What best describes 'tal'?
[ ] The system of dynamics
[ ] The system of key signature changes
[x] The system of rhythm in Indian music as a whole
[ ] The system of volume
The tal is usually played on small drums called tabla
8. What is 'theka'?
[ ] A key change pattern
[ ] A dynamic change
[x] A drumming pattern identified by a particular tal
[ ] All of the above
Used for keeping time in music
9. What instrument is the theka usually played by?
[ ] Electric Guitar
[ ] Mandolin
[ ] Piano
[x] Tabla
Tabla are small drums
10. What best describes a 'rag'?
[ ] A type of experimental jazz
[ ] A genre of rock music from the 1980s
[x] The modal basis of Indian classical music
[ ] None of the above
Strictly speaking, a prescribed selection of melodic material that is the basis for composition and improvisation