UPSC General Studies Sample Paper General Studies Sample Paper-1

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    Consider the following statements about the Odissi dance.
    1. Odissi evolved independently apart from the tenets of Natyashastra.
    2. Its techniques combine two basic postures of Chowk and Tribhanga.
    3. The 'Chowk' is a very masculine stance with the weight of body equally balanced.
    Which of the statements given above are correct?

    A)  1 and 2           

    B)  1 and 3            

    C)  2 and 3           

    D)  All of these

    Correct Answer: C

    Solution :

    [c] Odissi closely follows the tenets laid down by the Natyashastra. Facial expressions, body and hand movements are used to suggest a certain feeling, an emotion or the nine- rases. The techniques of movement are built around the two basic postures of chock and tribanga. Chowk is a position imitating a square and is a very masculine stance with weight of body equally balanced. The tribhanga is a very feminine stance where the body is defected at the neck and waist and the knee. The Nataraja Buddhist sculptures, tantric images of dancing yoginis bear testimony to this dance from 2nd century BC to 10th century AD.

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