Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Question DII: Can't dance your way around this

A happy Republic Day to all.
Edward Abbey

Now on to the question

The picture below shows the extent of the kingdom of __X__, who is said to have unified the subcontinent under one kingdom.

In the Vedas, __X__ is described as follows

abhūtir eṣā kas tyajyāj jīvañ jīvantam ātmajam
śākuntalaṃ mahātmānaṃ dauḥṣantiṃ bhara paurava
bhartavyo 'yaṃ tvayā yasmād asmākaṃ vacanād api
tasmād bhavatv ayaṃ nāmnā bharato nāma te sutaḥ
Therefore, O thou of Puru's race, cherish thy high-souled son born of __Y__
and because this child is to be cherished by thee even at our word,
therefore shall this thy son be known by the name of ___X___.

 But others argue that the __X__ race, an Ayan tribe mentioned in the Rigveda were successful against other Aryan and Non-Aryan tribes. Thus in the post Vedic tradition, they were deemed as conquerors of all, and hence all was known as __X__.

Question:
1) ID X
2) ID its contribution to the world today (exact answer required).
3) Brownie points for explaining the connection to the title





































ANSWER:


X- BHARATA
Y- OFFICIAL NAME OF INDIA
Z- Bharatnatyam, although thats specious as the Bharats in both are not the same.
Bharata Natyam comes from the words Bhava (Expression), Raga (Music), Tala (Rhythm) and Natya (Classic Indian Musical Theatre). 


Since it was Republic Day, i'll be generous & give full point for only Bharat/Bharata

10 comments:

appuchin said...

kurukshetra

Archimonde said...

Bharata
Happy Republic Day! :)

manish hn said...

the kurus>??? descended from the purus....went on to form kauravas and pandavas..

kapinjal said...

bharata emperor..

St. Jisu said...

X- Bharat
Y- Shakuntala
Bharat is the name of India!

Nanda said...

X-Bharata
He gave the name of our country.

Rohan said...

X is Bharata, the "official name" of India. The title reference maybe related to Bharatnatyam...

Nagaratna said...

X - Bharat
Ofiicial name of the Republic of India.
Googled.
Bharatnatyam. Wordplay. Witty.

Anonymous said...

Bharat
Should be due to Reoubkuc day - Good question but do avoid x and y's

Yopai

Aravind V said...

X: Bharata

Bharata =~ Bharat = India


The title .... Bharatanatyam(?)