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Quiz: Taala Take this quiz of 12 questions below and see how well you know the theory and practice of taaLam in Carnatic music (70% is passing!). For an early advantage, sign up for our mailing list.

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1. Which taaLa has the symbol |(5) O |(5) |(5)?
mishra jaati aTa
tishra jaati tripuTa
khaNDa jaati maTya
khaNDa jaati dhruva
khaNDa jaati aTa

2. What is the likely origin of the caapu taaLas?
Silappadikaaram
TEvaram
folk music
all of these
b and c only

3. The term "suladi" as in Suladi Sapta TaaLas or as a composition comes from
suda, geeta
sola, sixteen
sala, advice
sula, sleep
suladi, thirty five

4. What does mridangam mean?
drum head
drum feet
clay head
skin body
clay body

5. The central black part of the mridangam head, made of cooked rice, manganese dioxide and granite powder, is called what?
kaaramani
kaalini
kaarini
kaamini
none of these

6. Speaking the sounds of a percussion instrument is technically called
sollu
jati
kaTTu
konnakkoL
gati

7. How many types of talas (not including laghu variations) are acknowledged in the traditional tala system?
7
35
108
1008
infinite

8. Which of the following does NOT end a tani aavartanam?
kaarvai
mOhra
PaarkOrvaivati
pharans
teermaanam

9. The longest taaLa, with 128 beats (and 18 angas) is called
sarabhanda
simhananda
dasharata
carcaari
shatpitaputrika

10. Shyaama Saastri invented which taaLa?
sarabhanda
simhananda
dasharata
carcaari
shatpitaputrika

11. The scheme of suladi sapta talas was systematized by
Shyaama Saastri
Dikshitar
Purandara Daasa
VenkaTamakhi
Annamaacaarya

12. Which of these is NOT an anga?
druta-virama
kaakapaadam
guru
visarjitam
anudrutam

13. Varieties of laghu can be all but
3
4
5
6
7

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