Shriranjani - Abhogi - Jayamanohari

A set of mind-bender puzzles from R. Arunkumar

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Adding a fun-flavor to Carnatica's Raganubhava session on Shriranjani, Abhogi & Jayamanohari, here are some challenging crossword-puzzle style quiz questions from Shri. Arunkumar of Chicago, Illinois ('arunk' of Rasika Forum fame!) These questions are based on the three ragams and compositions in them. There will be SPECIAL PRIZES for your responses. Enjoy!

1. Unduly adorned with silver, a musician performs this flashy classic. (9)

2. Sunil gets lost in confusing Panama and missed hearing this song at the concert! (6-5)

3. Abhogi look-alike under Chakravakam? You can see the resemblance if you look at it from the correct reference point (6)

4. The rhythm of the percussion was quite pleasurable during the rendition of that classic (8)

5. Counterpart of Sriranjani under the first mela that every student learns (7)

6. Hear cobra ever so stealthily entwines itself around a V-shaped branch and dance to this song! (14)

7. The joke that he was married to the sabha was indeed a classic, we hear! (13)

8. Weird dream! God of death breaking a jar from Hanoi and it sounding carnatic! (12)

Hints and other Information

1. A clue in the form of a question means the result sort of answers that question, if not exactly (this is used in crosswords in papers like The Hindu).

2. One or more clues may involve jumbled words as hinted by some select word in the clue itself (again a standard technique in Hindu).

3. There may be other word play involved. Like building the solution outs of bits and pieces or the solution itself hidden in the clue, etc. Note that the word-play takes advantage of *spelling* in English and of course most of the time won't match the *pronunciation* since we are trying to map non-English languages to English here.

4. The number of letters of the answer as spelt popularly in English is given in parentheses. Please note that they might not always adhere to any standard format. I know I am perhaps being unfair here - but like musical license, this is "quiz master's license" :-) So when trying to fit an answer, try a couple of possibilities.

5. If the number of letters includes a hyphen, then we are talking about multiple words. So a 4-5, means two words - first word containing 4 letters and next word containing 5 letters.

6. Please e-mail your answers to, until Sept. 21st, 2003 after which you are free to post and discuss the answers on the Rasika Forum.  Carnatica will award three prizes for respondents with maximum number of correct answers. In case of a tie for any of the three positions, the first respondent will be rewarded! 

7. Solutions will be posted on the website and on Sept. 22nd, 2003.



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