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Q.1. Why did other courtiers become jealous?
Other courtiers became jealous because Tansen was Akbar ’s favorite.
Q.2. When did Tansen go to Akbar’s court?
Tansen went to Akbar ’s court in 1556.
Q.3. What did Swami Haridas say to his father?
Swami Haridas went to his father and said, “Your son is very naughty. He is also very talented.”
Q.4. Who consoled them and what did he say?
Swami Haridas consoled them and said, “Don’t be afraid. Tigers are not always dangerous. Let us look for this one.”
Q.5. Who was passing through a jungle with his students?
Famous singer Swami Haridas was passing through a jungle with his disciples.
Q.6. Why did the people cry?
People cried out in terror as flames shot up out of somewhere and lighted the lamps.
Q.7. What did Tansen finally say to his daughter and her friend?
Tansen told them to sing the Raga Megh only when lamps started burning.
Q.8. What did Tansen say to his wife ?
Tansen told his wife that he could sing but the heat it gives off would not only set the lamp alight, it would also burn him to ashes.
Q.9. Why was Tansen ‘downcast’ and ‘unhappy’?
Tansen was ‘downcast’ and ‘unhappy ’ because he knew that it was the evil design of some jealous courtiers to kill him.
Q.10. What do you know about Tansen’s childhood?
Tansen was the son of a singer Mukundan Misra. The singer and his wife lived in Behat, a village near Gwalior. Tansen was the only child of his parents and was very naughty in his childhood. He used to play in the forest where he learnt to imitate the calls of birds and animals perfectly.
Q.11. What was the plan of jealous courtiers and how did they learn their lesson?
The courtiers were extremely jealous of Tansen and they wanted to ruin Tansen. One of the courtiers Shaukat Miyan wanted him to sing Raga Deepak so that he could be burnt to ashes. For this purpose, he approached Akbar to order Tansen to sing Raga Deepak. Tansen knew that his life could be saved if somebody would sing Raga Megh at the same time. He taught his daughter and her friend Rupwati to sing it. When Tansen started singing, people cried out in terror as flames shot up and lighted the lamps. The two girls began to sing Raga Megh and at once it started raining. Tansen’s life was saved. Akbar understood the entire plan of the courtiers and punished them. Thus, the courtiers learnt their lessons.
Q.12. “Very well, my lord, but give me time to prepare myself.” Who wanted to prepare and for what?
Tansen had requested Emperor Akbar to give him time to prepare. He wanted time to train his daughter Saraswati and her friend Rupwati to sing Raga Megh which would bring rain and extinguish the fire caused after singing Raga Deepak. Thus, Tansen would be saved from burning to ashes.