Friday, 9 December 2011

9th class-cbse english(NCERT BOOK-Beehive)(short answers)Chapter-2(The sound of music)(Deborah Cowley)( Part- 2)

Bismillah Khan

Q) Answer following questions in about 40 words.

Q1) Why 15th August 1947 was so special for Bismillah khan?                 
Ans1) On 15th August 1947 India got Independence. He got the chance to become the first Indian to greet the nation by playing shehnai from Red fort in Delhi. This was the most memorable day of his life.

Q2) What were the recurring themes of Bismillah khan‘s music?
Ans2) Bismillah khan was a true Indian at heart. The recurring themes of his music were the ethics of temples and the human relationships. The flowing waters of the Ganga inspired him to improve and invent ‘raagas’.

Q3) Vijay Bhatt was highly impressed by Bismillah khan’s music. What did he do?
Ans3) Film director Vijay Bhatt was very impressed by hearing Bismillah’s music at a festival. He named a film after the instrument called ‘Gunj uthi shehnai .This film was a great success in the cinema world.

Q4) Who improved version of pungi and why?
Ans4)A barber of family of professionals improved the quality of pungi. The new instrument had a natural hollow stem and was broader then pungi and it produced soft and melodious sound. It was called shehnai .The need for improving pungi arose because emperor Aurangzeb banned the playing of pungi.

Q5) Why did Bismillah khan entered into world of cinema and why did he left?
Ans5) Bismillah khan got a chance to prove himself in the film world. This could make his instrument famous. A film ‘Gunj uthi shehnai’ was named after his instrument.That was a success. But he could not adjust with the artificiality and glamour of the film world. So he left.

Q6) What were the two favorite places of Bismillah khan? How did he feel about these places?
Ans6) Two favorite places of Bismillah khan were Benaras and Dhmraon. He considered them the most wonderful towns of the world. In Varanasi he was closely attached to the holy Ganga. In  Dumraon he thinks about the unique mattha.

Some More Questions for practice
Q) Answer following questions in about 40 words.

Q1What did Bismillah khan say on receiving Bharat Ratan?

Q2) What prize did Bismillah khan earn at the Biharji temple?

Q3) How did Ganga help the shehnai maestro?
Q4) Bismillah khan refused to settle abroad. Why?


  1. thankx a lot sir
    u have given me great questions for reference.

  2. it would very grateful of u if u would provide questions on all the lessons in beehive