23 Important Questions on Indian Theatre(For UPSC/PSC Aspirants)

In this article, I will go through 23 Important Questions on Indian Theatre. Folk Music, Drama, Plays were the important part of Indian Theatre and it began as a narrative art form. Classical Sanskrit Theatre has many evidences which suggests the rich tradition of Indian Art and Culture. Later on we see a decline in Classical Sanskrit theatre and onset of Folk Theatre in many parts of the Indian sub-continent. Some of them are still popular and continue to be a part of festivals. Here we will look into all the Important Questions related to Plays, dramas, folk music etc of Indian Theatre which can be asked in your Exams.

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Important Questions on Indian Theatre

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1. How many types of plays were there in Ancient India ?

Ans. There were two types of plays in Ancient India:-

  • Lokadharmi
  • Natyadharmi

2. Who was the first to introduce an antagonist in the play apart from hero and heroine ?

Ans. Sudraka

3. How many types of plays were there in classical Sanskrit Tradition ?

Ans. There were 10 types of plays:-

  • Anka
  • Bhana
  • Dima
  • Ihamgra
  • Nataka
  • Prahasana
  • Prakarana
  • Svakarna
  • Vithi
  • Vyayog

4. How many characters were there in Sanskrit Plays ?

Ans. There were basically 3 kinds of characters:-

  • Nayaka
  • Nayika
  • Vidusaka

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5. What kind of character Vidusaka plays in Sanskrit Play ?

Ans. Vidusaka plays comic character in the play. Basically he acts like a clown who is noble and good-hearted, often a firend of hero.

6. What is Bhuta Aradhana ?

Ans. It is a practice of worshipping the dead ancestors. This practice is mainly visible in the coastal parts of Karnataka.

7. Which is the chief form of Bhuta worship practiced in Karnataka ?

Ans. Kola

8. Which deity is involved in Ramman Theatre ?

Ans. Bhumiyal Devta

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9. Who Initiated the Popular Folk theatre Jatra ?

Ans. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

10. Which Popular Art form of Gujarat uses painted pictures to narrate stories of romance and valour ?

Ans. Garoda

11. How many musical instruments are involved in Chhaiti Ghoda ?

Ans. Two instruments are involved:-

  • Dhol
  • Mohuri

12. What is Kariyila ?

Ans. It is a form of open-air theatre mostly popular in the foothills of Himachal Pradesh. It is mainly staged during village fairs and festivals through the night.

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13. Which Popular Event depicted in the Play of Powada ?

Ans. It is a play written to laud the heroic deeds of Shivaji when he killed his adversary Afzal Khan.

14. Which Musical Theatre narrates the stories of Ramayana using bow-shaped instruments ?

Ans. Villu Paatu

15. Where did the Yakshagana Theatre Originated ?

Ans. It originated in the Royal Courts of the Vijayanagara Empire.

16. In which part of the region swangs are mostly popular ?

Ans. It is mostly popular in the region of Rajasthan and Haryana.

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17. Which theatre is associated with the festival of Manasha in Assam ?

Ans. Ojapali

18. What is Maach ?

Ans. It is the folk theatre of the region of Malwa in Madhya Pradesh.

19. Who started the famous one-act play Ankia Naat in Assam ?

Ans. It was started by famous Vaishnava Saint Sankaradeva and his disciple Madhavdev in the 15th-16th Century AD. More on Indian Theatre.

20. Who’s life incidents is depicted on Ankia Naat ?

Ans. Lord Krishna

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21. In which language Koothiyattam is usually performed ?

Ans. Sanskrit, Prakrit and Malayalam

22. Which is the World’s oldest Amphitheatres ?

Ans. Sitabena and Jogimara Caves

23. Who had written Natya Shastra ?

Ans. Bharat Muni



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