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INDIAN LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE

SANSKRIT It is considered as the mother of all languages. It belongs to the Indic group of language family of Indo-European and its descendents which are Indo-Iranian & Indo Aryan. This is the only language that is used in holy functions and ceremonies of Hindus, as it has always been regarded as the sacred language

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TYPES OF INDIAN MUSIC

  The origin of Indian music goes back to the Vedas. Amir Khusro has made immense contribution in literature and music and was associated with the royal empires of more than seven rulers of Delhi. He is regarded as the “father of Qawwali” (a devotional music form of the Sufis in the Indian subcontinent), and

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RELIGIONS IN INDIA

India is a land of diversities. This diversity is also visible in the spheres of religion. The spiritual land of India has given birth to many religions such as Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism and Buddhism. These religions together form a subgroup and are known as Eastern religions. The major religions of India are Hinduism (majority religion),

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MAJOR MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Percussion Instruments Dholak It is a very popular folk drum of northern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh as well. It is barrel shaped, at times a cylindrical drum, with skins on both sides. Dumroo It is probably the oldest and traditional form of percussion instrument in India. It is the only remaining form of hour-glass drums

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IMPORTANT NATIONAL LEADERS & FREEDOM FIGHTERS

Annie Besant  (1847 – 1933) Born : October 1, 1847, Clapham, London, United Kingdom Died : September 20, 1933, Adyar, Karnataka, India In 1893, she left for India having been influenced by the Indian culture and civilization. She was famous as a social worker, educationalist and journalist. She became a staunch supporter of Indian Independence Movement

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FAMOUS MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS OF INDIA AND EXPERTS

Instruments Exponents Flute Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Raghunath Seth, Pannalal Ghosh, B. Kunjamani, N. Neela, Rajendra Prasanna, Rajendra Kulkarni, Prakash Saxenam, Mohini Mohan Patnaik etc. Ghatam T.H. Vinayakaram Guitar Vishwamohan Bhatt, Jatin Mazumdar, Brij Bhushan Kabra, Sri Krishna Nalin, Keshav Jalegaonkar etc. Harmonium Jnan Prakash Ghosh, Shri Purushottam Walawalkar, Appa Jalgaonkar etc. Israj Alauddin Khan

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2011 CENSUS OF INDIA

SN Union Territory/ State Name Type Total Population Percent(%) of Total Population of India Males Females 1 Andaman and Nicobar Islands Union Territory 379,944 0.03 202,330 177,614 2 Andhra Pradesh State 84,665,533 7.00 42,509,881 42,155,652 3 Arunachal Pradesh State 1,382,611 0.11 720,232 662,379 4 Assam State 31,169,272 2.68 15,954,927 15,214,345 5 Bihar State 103,804,637 8.48

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TYPES OF INDIAN DANCE

India has thousands of year old tradition of fine arts and classical and folk music and dances. The Natya Shastra is the oldest surviving text on stagecraft in the world. INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCES Indian classical dance is a blend of NRITTA – the rhythmic elements NRITYA – the combination of rhythm with expression and NATYA

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NATIONAL SYMBOLS OF INDIA

NATIONAL FLAG The National Flag is a horizontal tricolour flag. Top : Deep saffron (kesaria) : indicates strength and courage of the country Middle : White, in the centre of the white band is a navy-blue wheel which represents the chakra (24 spokes). : indicates peace and truth with Dharma Chakra. Bottom : Dark green

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Indians at Olympics 2016

The following performance of Indian continent placed first three positions at the Rio Olympics: BADMINTON:  P V Sindhu secured a silver medal after losing to Carolina Marin in the women’s singles final. WRESTLING:  Sakshi Malik won bronze in women’s 58kg freestyle. GYMNASTICS:  Dipa Karmakar finished fourth in Vaults final. TENNIS:  Mixed Doubles: Sania Mirza and

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