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Quiz: Carnatic instruments! Take this quiz of 10 questions (plus a bonus) below and see how well you know the ragas of Carnatic music (70% is passing!). For an early advantage, sign up for our mailing list.

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1. What is the legendary origin of the mridangam?
the drum of Shiva
slaying of a demon
a battle victory
as a vehicle
none of the above

2. The original name for the gOTu vaadyam is
Ektar
yaazh
citraveeNa
naagaveeNa
saarangi

3. The violin came to India from several countries, including
Persia
Russia
Germany
USA
none of these

4. Who is said to have created the veeNa originally?
Raghunath Naik
Shiva
Naarada
Saraswati
Vishnu

5. Which of these is the English name for the moorsing?
harmonica
jew's harp
zither
lute
mouth organ

6. Another name for the tambourine is
jalra
uDukkai
manjira
kanjira
none

7. Which instrument has been used to perform Carnatic music?
mandolin
guitar
saxophone
cello
all of the above

8. Which of the following materials has NOT been used to make a nadaswaram?
metal
wood
ivory
glass
stone

9. At which temple are there musical pillars which sound when struck?
Shreerangam
Madurai Meenaakshi
Tanumalayam (Kanyakumari)
Ramappa
all of these

10. Where did the tambura come from, 5000 years ago?
Europe
Persia
Russia
India
China

BONUS QUESTION
11. Mahadeva Nattuvanar introduced what Western instrument in the 19th century?
violin
harmonium
clarinet
tambura
mandolin

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