NCERT Class 9 English Solutions: Chapter 2-The Sound of Music Part 1

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Question 1:

Answer these questions in a few words or a couple of sentences each.

Q. How old was Evelyn when she went to the Royal Academy of Music?

A. Evelyn was seventeen years old when she went to the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Evelyn Glennie performing at Moers Festival 2004

Evelyn Glennie

Evelyn Glennie performing at Moers Festival 2004

Q. When was her deafness first noticed? When was it confirmed?

A. Her mother noticed her deafness when Evelyn was eight years old. One day, waiting to play the piano, her name was called, but, she did not move. That’s when her mother realized that Evelyn did not hear anything. Finally, her deafness was confirmed at eleven when her parents took her to specialist after on being urged by her headmistress. Her marks had deteriorated and she was not following the class. It was discovered that gradual nerve damage had severely weakened her hearing.

Image of Royal Academy of Music

Image of Royal Academy of Music

Image of Royal Academy of Music

Question 2:

Answer each of these questions in a short paragraph (30 – 40 words)

Q. Who helped her continue with music? What did he do and say?

A. Percussionist Ron Forbes noticed Evelyn’s potential. He encouraged Evelyn to try sensing the sound in some other manner. He tuned two large drums to different notes, Evelyn realized that she could feel the higher drum from the waist up and the lower drum from the waist down. Forbes repeated the exercise and Evelyn realized that she could sense certain notes in different parts of her body.

Q. Name the various places and causes for which Evelyn performs.

A. Evelyn always delighted her audience.

  • She toured the United Kingdom with a youth orchestra

  • She had a very hectic international schedule.

  • She gave free concerts in prisons and hospitals.

  • She became an inspiration for deaf children whom she taught with great zeal and enthusiasm.

Question 3:

Answer the question in two or three paragraphs (100 – 150 words).

Q. How does Evelyn hear music?

A. “Music poured in through every part of her body. It tingled in the skin, her cheekbones and even in her hair.” Percussionist Ron Forbes noticed Evelyn’s potential. He encouraged Evelyn to try sensing the sound in some other manner. He tuned two large drums to different notes; Evelyn realized that she could feel the higher drum from the waist up and the lower drum from the waist down.

While playing xylophone, she could sense the sound up the stick into her fingertips. By leaning against the drums, bare feet, she could sense the vibrations.

Question 1:

Tick the right answer.

Q. The (shehnai, pungi) was a ‘reeded noisemaker.’

A. The Pungi was a ‘reeded noisemaker.’

Q. (Bismillah Khan, A barber, Ali Bux) transformed the pungi into a shehnai.

A. A barber transformed the pungi into a shehnai.

Q. Bismillah khan’s paternal ancestors were (barbers, professional musicians).

A. Bismillah khan’s paternal ancestors were professional musicians.

Q. Bismillah khan learnt to play the shehnai from (Ali Bux, Paigambar Bux, Ustad Faiyaaz Khan).

A. Bismillah khan learnt to play the shehnai from Ali Bux.

Q. Bismillah khan’s first trip abroad was to (Afghanistan, U.S.A., Canada).

A. Bismillah khan’s first trip abroad was to Afghanistan.

Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan

Ustad Bismillah Khan

Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan

Question 2:

Find the words in the text, which show Ustad Bismillah Khan’s feelings about the items listed below. Then mark a tick (⎫) in the correct column. Discuss your answers in class.

Table For Find The Words In The Text, Which Show Ustad Bismillah Khan;s Feelings About The Items Listed
Table For Find The Words In The Text, Which Show Ustad Bismillah Khan;s Feelings About The Items Listed

Bismillah Khan’s feelings about

Positive

Negative

Neutral

1.

teaching music to children

2.

the film world

3.

migrating to the U.S.A.

4.

playing at temples

5.

getting the Bharat Ratna

6.

the banks of the Ganga

7.

Leaving Banaras and Dumraon

Answer:

Answer The Bismillah Khan's Feelings about
Answer The Bismillah Khan's Feelings about

Bismillah Khan’s feelings about

Positive

Negative

Neutral

1.

teaching children music

2.

the film world

3.

migrating to the U.S.A.

4.

playing at temples

5.

getting the Bharat Ratna

6.

the banks of the Ganga

7.

Leaving Banaras and Dumraon

Table of Bismillah Khan's Feelings about with explanation
Table of Bismillah Khan's Feelings about with explanation

Bismillah

Khan’s

Feelings

about

Words in the text

1.

teaching

children music

With the coveted award resting on his chest and his eyes

glinting with rare happiness he said, “All I would like to say is: Teach your children music, This is Hindustan’s richest tradition;

even the west is now coming to learn our music.”

2.

the film world

“I just can’t come to terms with the artificiality and glamour of the film world,” he says with emphasis.

3.

Migrating to

the U.S.A.

A student of his once wanted him to head a shehnai school in the U.S.A., and the student promised to recreate the atmosphere of Benaras by replicating the temples there. However, Khansaab asked him if he would be able to transport River Ganga as well. Later he is remembered to have said, “That is why whenever I am in a foreign country, I keep yearning to see Hindustan.”

4.

Playing at temples

Ustad Bismillah khan’s life is a perfect example of the rich,

Cultural heritage of India, one that effortlessly accepts that a devout Muslim like him can very naturally play the shehnai every morning at the Kashi Vishwanath temple.

5.

Getting the

Bharat Ratna

With the coveted award resting on his chest and his eyes

glinting with rare happiness he said, “All I would like to say is: Teach your children music, this is Hindustan’s richest tradition; even the West is now coming to learn our music.”

6.

the banks of

the Ganga

The flowing waters of the Ganga inspired him to improvise and invent ragas that were earlier considered to be beyond the range of the shehnai.

7.

leaving

Benaras and

Dumraon

Later he is remembered to have said, “That is why whenever I

Am in a foreign country, I keep yearning to see Hindustan.

While in Mumbai, I think of only Benaras and the holy Ganga.

And while in Benaras, I miss the unique mattha of Dumraon.”

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