Sunday, April 09, 2006

Bharat-Chakra ( I ) is proud to present "Bharat-Chakra" - a series of quizzes aiming to explore and present various facets/trivia/info w.r.t India.

The quiz will be presented on Every Friday and the answers will be posted on the next Friday. Hope all of you like it.

(1) This art-form or style of fighting, more appropriately stick-fighting , is practiced in Southern India - especially in Tamilnadu(and also in Kerala).Hand and foot movements along with good reflexes are mandatory for this form of fighting.In this art, when the Master recognizes the Student has mastered the curriculum, only then he gives the red scarf to acknowledge him as a Master. Hence no "black-belt syndromes"! This form of fighting can also be seen in many Kollywood movies(esp during the 70-80s era).

(2) 'X' was instrumental in the downfall of the Mughal Empire.He was well known for his forts and guerrilla tactics that he used successfully to conquer and annexe many regions and provinces.He is also remembered for being the only secular king in medieval India. An organization has also adopted a new religion and made him the principal deity.Identify 'X'.[ Hint : Mumbai's International Airport was renamed in his honour]

(3) Her debut feature film won her the Golden Camera award at the Cannes Film Festival and was also nominated for an Oscar.She is a New York-based Indian film director.Her latest project is Maisha, a film lab to help East Africans and South Asians learn to make films. Her last master work Monsoon Wedding, a film about a chaotic Punjabi Indian wedding, was awarded the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice film festival.Identify this female.

(4) 'Z' happens to be a distinguished Atomic and Nuclear scientist .He studied cosmic rays under the Nobel laureate Dr.C. V. Raman at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.The Indian space Program was his brainchild - he can be clearly called as the Father of the Indian space Program. He was also involved in the creation on IIM ,Ahmedabad. Identify this National Hero and a Great Indian Physicist.

(5) 'X' was born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, into a family with strong ties to the film industry. His father Salim Khan is a successful screenplay writer. One of Salim Khan's wives (he has two) is the famous dancer Helen. X's brothers P and Q are also actors, if not as successful as X. X has has two younger sisters, one married to actor Atul Agnihotri.X has also been in the news for some controversial reasons.[Trivia : He always appears in films wearing a bracelet with a turquoise stone; his father wears a similar "lucky" bracelet.]

(1) Silambattam (Silambam)
(2) Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhonslé
(3) Mira Nair
(4) Vikram Sarabhai
(5) 'X' = Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan popularly known as Salman Khan; 'P'= Sohail Khan ; 'Q' =Arbaaz Khan