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Quiz: Women in Carnatic Music Whether you're female or male, test your knowledge of women in Carnatic music! Take this quiz of 10 questions below and see how well you know the history of women who perform Carnatic music (70% is passing!). For an early advantage, sign up for our mailing list.

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1. Who was the first woman to be awarded the Sangita Kalanidhi title?
D.K. PaTTammaaL
M.S. Subbulakshmi
M.L. Vasantakumaari
T. Brinda
Veena Dhanam

2. Who was the first woman to perform Carnatic music on a stage?
Baalasaraswati
AaNDaaL
Veena Dhanam
M.S. Subbulakshmi
ShanmukhavaDivu

3. Who was the first known female mridangam artist?
Lalithangi
Shubha Chandramouli
Bangalore Nagarathnam
Kamakshi Bai
none of these

4. Who is NOT a member of the female Trinity?
M.S. Subbulakshmi
M.L. Vasantakumaari
D.K. PaTTammaaL
T. Brinda

5. How many women have received the Sangita Kalanidhi award?
1
2
4
6
7

6. Who is considered the first female composer?
Vallalarkoil Ammani
Dasi Kamalam
Kamakshi Ammal
AaNDaaL
Shanmukhavadivu

7. Which female Carnatic performer has NOT sung for a movie (as of 2001)?
Nityashree
Sudha Raghunathan
Bombay Jayashree
M.L. Vasantakumaari
M.S. Subbulakshmi

8. Who is the Hindu goddess associated most with music?
Lakshmi
Paarvati
Saraswati
Durga
BhoodEvi

9. D.K. PaTTammaaL was the first to introduce what to the Carnatic concert format?
aalaapanai
raagam-taanam-pallavi
varNam
niraval
tukkaDas

10. Who was a student in the parampara of Shyaama Saastri?
Kamakshi Ammal
Mylapore Gowri
Veena Dhanammal
b and c
a and c

11. What do Dasi Kamalam and Vallalarkoil Ammani have in common? both were students of Shyaama Saastri
both were students of Dikshitar
they were court dancers
both were Carnatic instrumentalists
a and d

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