Answer the following questions:-

Q 1 Why did Swami Haridas say Tansen was talented?

Ans:- As a child, Tansen learnt to imitate the calls of birds and animals. When travellers were passing by he roared like a lion and frightened them. Swami Haridas was impressed by the skill of the boy, so he called Tansen a talented boy.

Q 2 Why did Akbar ask Tansen to join his court?

Ans :-  Tansen learnt music from Swami  Haridas for eleven years. He himself became a famous singer. At times, he would sing in front of Emperor Akbar . Akbar was so impressed that he asked Tansen to join his court.

Q 3 How do we know that Akbar was fond of Tansen? Give two reasons.

Ans:- Tansen became the favourite  of Emperor Akbar . He used to visit Tansen’s house to hear him practice music. He asked Tansen to sing whenever he had the mood. He also gave  Tansen many presents.

Q 4 What did the other courtiers feel about Tansen?

Ans  Tansen’s popularity made other courtiers  jealous of him. They made up their minds to ruin Tansen somehow.

Q 5 (i)What happens if Raga Deepak is sung properly?

      (ii) Why did Tansen’s enemies want him to sing the Raga?

Ans:- (i) If Raga Deepak was sung properly , the air would become so hot that the singer would burn to death.

(ii) The courtiers who were Tansen’s enemies wanted the singer to sing Raga Deepak and die of heat.

Q 6 Why did Tansen agree to sing Raga Deepak?

Ans Tansen agreed to sing Raga Deepak because he dared not disobey the Emperor . Secondly, he wanted to prove his ability.

Q 7 (i) What steps did he take to save himself?

     (ii) Did his plan work? How?

Ans  (i) Tansen was a little worried as well as afraid. He took two steps for his safety. He requested the king to give him some time . Next, he taught his daughter and her friend to sing Raga Megh.

(ii) Tansen’s plan worked. His singing made the environment hot. Flames shot up and lighted the lamps. Just then, the two girls started singing Raga Megh. The rains came down suddenly and saved Tansen’s life.