57. Reading Skills Comprehension: MUSIC


 Read the following passage carefully:

       1      Have you thought of the fact that music is the one thing that has the power to make just about everyone happy? That is the magic mantra that we all have within us — the ability to hum along and listen to some great music. It is God’s gift to humanity and it is free! The poorest person can hear it played all around him on radios and loudspeakers. The seven pure shuddh swarms notes are as beautiful as the seven colours of the rainbow and as deep as the seven seas.

       2       Music can take us to ecstatic heights. Put your heart and soul into it and it fills you up with real happiness. All kinds of music are divine — and it doesn’t matter whether you listen to happy, sad, or joyful music. Any kind of music has the ability to uplift your mood and the power to recondition your mind.

       3       We hear it first in our mother’s womb as she listens to music or hums a tune. That is our first introduction to music. Then, when we are born, we hear our mothers and fathers sing lullabies for us. There is a particular rhythm in this. Then, as we grow up, we don’t realise just how quietly music becomes an integral part of our life. From nursery rhymes to the school parade, there is music all around us. By the time we are in junior school, music has already submerged our soul, but we don’t realise it.

       4       Music becomes even more important when we enter our teen years. No party or function is complete without it. Whether at a disco, a birthday party, or even a marriage function, we can’t seem to have enough of it.

      5       The way we listen to music changes as we grow up. In midlife, we begin listening to more meaningful music — soulful, and even devotional, perhaps. Over the years, you find yourself attuned to music that touches the mind, heart, and soul. We become more compassionate and start seeing the world differently. We even begin listening to bhajans, shabads, Sufi sangeet, and Kirton — and find that it gives us solace, peace, and loads of comfort. Music weaves this amazing umbrella of spiritual, metaphysical, and cultural threads that uplift our spirit and makes us face life.

       6       It even treats illnesses. People use it to battle stress and find true solace in it.

9.1. Read the given questions and write the answer in about 30-40 words.

(a) How is music able to make everyone happy?

(b) Why does the type of music we listen to does not matter?

(c) Where all do we listen to music?

(d) How do our music listening habits change as we grow up?

9.2. Choose the word which is closest in meaning to the words given below.

 (a) ecstatic

(i) sad                                                     (ii) extreme happiness

(iii) joy                                                   (iv) moody

(b) uplift

(i) to climb stairs                                (ii) to lift weight

(iii) to take one to a different level (iv) to throw down

(c) submerged

(i) to take deep into                          (ii) to be afloat

 (iii) to fall                                            (iv) to drown

(d) solace

(i) disturbance                                   (ii) joy

(iii) anger                                           (iv) calmness


9.1(a) Music has some power. The ability to listen to music, hum it and feel happy when music is around is unique to human beings. We have it within us.

(b) Any type of music joyful, sad or loud has the power to uplift our mood. Music can recondition our mind because all kind of music is divine.

(c) We listen to music right from the time we are in our mother’s womb, once we are born our parents sing lullabies for us, then we learn nursery rhymes and songs in school.

(d) As we reach middle age we choose the type of music we wish to listen to. Some of us pick up devotional music, some pick soulful music and some take to meaningful music.

9.2(a) (ii)                              (b) (iii)                   (c) (i)                     (d) (iv)

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