Read the passage and answer the next five questions. Choose the most appropriate options from the options given:

As part of the great cultural renaissance generated during the post-independence period, there has occurred a most meaningful encounter with tradition in various fields of creative activity. The return to and discovery of tradition was inspired by a search for roots and a quest for identity. This was a part of the whole process of decolonization of our lifestyle, values, social institutions, creative forms and cultural modes.

The modern Indian theatre, product of a colonial theatrical culture, felt the need to search for roots most intensely to match its violent dislocation from the traditional course. Directors like B. V. Karanth, K. N. Panikar and Ratan Thiyam have had a most meaningful encounter with tradition and, with their work, have reversed the colonial course of contemporary theatre and put it back on the track of the great Natyashastra tradition. It sounds paradoxial, but their theatre is both avant-garde in the context of conventional realistic theatre, and still belongs to the Natyashastra theatrical tradition.

1. The return to and discovery of traditional in post-independence era was inspired by

A. Search for values

B. Search for roots

C. Search for realism

D. Search for identity

Choose the correct answer from the options given below: 

(a) A & B only

(b) D & C only

(c) B, C & D only

(d) B & D only

2. Decolonization is the process of

(a) Becoming independent from

(b) Becoming dependent on

(c) Relying on

(d) Leaving from

3. The most significant contribution of Directors like B. V Karanth, K. N. Panikkar and Ratan Thiyam was

(a) Making Indian theatre totally traditional

(b) Making Indian theatre backward

(c) Dislocating Indian theatre from the traditional Indian theatre

(d) Bringing about an amalgamation of the Indian theatrical tradition with Western realistic theatre

4. Post-Independence cultural renaissance in Indian theatre focused on

(a) Development of Western theatre.

(b) Return to traditional Western theatre.

(c) Search for traditional Indian theatre.

(d) Modern Western theatre.

5. The Natyasastra tradition refers to

(a) The colonial tradition.

(b) Avant-garde theatre.

(c) Conventional realistic theatre.

(d) Indian theatrical tradition.


1 - d

2 - a

3 - a

4 - c

5 - d