Class 10th Third Language English Textbook Solutions

The Two Great Musicians – Class 10th Third Language English Textbook Solutions


The Two Great Musicians

I.) Comprehension questions :

A.) Answer the following questions. Sit in groups, discuss the answers and write them down.

1.) Who was the first musician to be awarded “Bharat Ratna?

Answer: M.S. Subbulakshmi was the first musician to be awarded “Bharat Ratna.”

2.) In which year was M.S. Subbulakshmi awarded “Padma Bhushan”?

Answer: In year 1954, M.S. Subbulakshmi was awarded “Padma Bhushan.”

3.) Where was M.S. Subbulakshmi born?
Answer: M.S. Subbulakshmi was born in Madurai.

4.) When did M.S. Subbulakshmi give her first recital?

Answer: M.S. Subbulakshmi gave her first recital at the tender age of 10.

5.) When did M.S Subbulakshmi pass away?
Answer: M.S Subbulakshmi passed away on December 11, 2004.

6. Who was Lata Mangeshkar’s first guru in music?

Answer: Dinanath Mangeshkar, Lata Mangeshkar’s father was her first guru in music.

7.) What are Lata Mangeshkar’s Guiness Records?
Answer: The Guinness Book of Records listed Lata Mangeshkar as the most recorded artist in the world with not less than 30,000 solo, duet and chorus-backed songs recorded in 20 Indian languages between 1948 and 1987, today the number might have reached above 40,000.

8.) What made Lata Mangeshkar act in films in her early days?
Answer: Lata Mangeshkar had the economic responsibility when her father passed away in 1942. This made her act in films in her early days to meet the economic responsibilities of her family.

9.) Which Hindi film gave Lata Mangeshkar a breakthrough?
Answer: Dil Toda from Majboor (1948) this Hindi film gave Lata Mangeshkar a breakthrough.

10.) What were the prestigious awards conferred on Lata Mangeshkar in India

Answer: Lata Mangeshkar was awarded with many prestigious awards like the Bharat Ratna, Padma
Vibhushan, Dadasaheb Phalke award winner, etc.

B.) Discuss in the class and answer the following Questions. Sit in groups, discuss the answers and write them down.

1.) Describe the achievement of Smt. M.S. Subbulakshmi?
Answer: Smt. M.S. Subbulakshmi was called as the ‘Nightingale of India.’She was the first musician to be awarded the ‘Bharat Ratna.’She was the first woman recipient of the ‘Sangit Kalanidhi a title. She was the first one to popularize Karnatic music in North India and in the West.

2.) Compare the achievement of Smt. M.S. Subbulakshmi and Smt. Lata Mangeshkar.
Answer: Both M.S. Subbulakshmi and Lata Mangeshkar were famous singers who ruled the world of Indian music. M. S. Subbulakhsmi was the first musician to be awarded the Bharat Ratna. She was called the ‘Nightingale of India.’She was also awarded Padma Bhushan, Indira Gandhi Awar and many awards for her contribution in the Indian music. She also sang in UNO. Lata Mangeshwar was queen
of Indian music in her times. She ruled the music industry and the Indian music is incomplete without her mention. The Guinness Book of Records listed her as the most recorded artist in the world. She
was honored with Honorary Doctorate in 1990. She was awarded with many prestigious awards like
Padma Vibhushan, Dadasaheb Phalke Award. She was also conferred with India’s highest civilian
award, the Bharat Ratna in 2001.

C.) Read the following statements and answer the following questions.

1.) The event was a moment of glory for classical music”.

a.) Who said this?
Answer: Renowned vocalist Pandit Jasraj said this. b.) Who was it said to?
Answer: It was said to M.S. Subbulakshmi. c.) When was it said?
Answer: It was said when M.S. Subbulakshmi was conferred with the highest civilian award- The
Bharat Ratna

d.) Why was it said so?

Answer: Because it was also the golden jubilee year of India’s independence.

2) ” The Music world and Tamil Nadu have been honoured”.

1.  Who said this?
Answer: Semmangudi Srinivasa said this. b.) Who does this statement refer to ?
Answer: This statement refers to Bharat Ratna Award for M.S. Subbulakshmi c.) When was it said ?
Answer: It said when M.S.Subbulakshmi awarded with the Bharat Ratna Award.

Use the following phrases in sentences of your own:

1.) pleased to (willing to)        –           I’m pleased to work with you.
2.) used to (accustomed)         –           I’m used to getting ready fast.
3.) to give away (distribute)    –           She gave away the sweets among the poor children.
4.) fond of (like)         –           Chhaya is fond of babies.
5.) backed out (withdraw) –    I’ve backed out from the project.
6.) give up (leave, to stop)-     I hope you won’t give up on me.

B.) Match the following and make compound words– A with B. (work in pairs)

1.) classical music
2.) play back
3.) bread winner
4.) eye witnesses
5.) supreme voice

C.) With the help your dictionary explain the difference in meaning between the words in each
Pair below. Use them in your own sentences. (Work in groups)

1.) duet – chorus
Duet-a piece of music sung or played by two people
Kishor Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar were the best duet in their times.
Chorus -a part of a song which is repeated after each verse
My friends joined me in the chorus.


2.) music composer – play wright

Music composer -a person who writes music, especially classical music. A.R.Rehman is one of the finest Indian music composer.
Play wright- a person who writes for the theatre, tv or radio. Girish Karnad was a famous playwright.

3.) alone – lonely
Alone- only
I was all alone in the dark room.
Lonely – time spent alone
She was feeling lonely without her family.

4.) hear – listen
Hear-to receive sound with your ears.
I couldn’t hear him properly.
Listen – to pay attention to someone in order to hear
Are you even listening to me?

5. same – similar

Same – two or more things that are exactly like one another
My friend and I had the same bicycle.
Similar – two or more things that are nearly identical but not quite
I have similar watch as yours.

D.) Study the following statements and give one word for each sentence.

1.) The spectators or listeners assembled at a performance.Audience
2.) 50th year of celebration. Golden jubilee
3.) A person whose voice enriches the song in the movies. Playback singer

III.) Language Activity : Preposition:–


A.) Choose the correct preposition/phrases in brackets to complete the passage. (do it groups)
(in, at, with, by, above, in front of, in time, on time, in the middle of, behind, between, beside, among, to, with,)

Smt. Hema lives at K. halli, a small village  inTiptur. Her music programme was scheduled  at 6. p.m. She went with her friends  by a car. While going they saw a programme banner  in front of the entrance of the city  in the middle of  the school. They reached  on time and programme began in time on the stage singer Hema sat the stage. Geetha was sitting  behind Hema tuning Thambura, Ghata was played by Raghu sitting  between Ravi and Arun. Smt. Kala vilonist playing violin was sitting  beside Smt. Hema. The audience were enjoying the music happily and
talking among themselves. When the programme was over, Hema and her friends came back to the house. Hema searched for the key. She was not in a position to open the door, as there was no key.
One of her friends tried to open the lock  with a pin but could not open. Another friend opened the door with  a duplicate key. They then entered the house.

B.) Complete the Cross word puzzle using prepositions given in the box. Across :

1) Six lies  between five and seven.
3.) The children’s room is right  underneath their parents.
4.) The day before yesterday means two days ago.
5.) There’s a bridge  across the river.
6.) I’ll wait  until 6 o’ clock but no longer.
7.) We walked  along the river bank.
8.) I love you! I can’t live without you.

Down :
2.) The train went  through a tunnel.

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