Unseen Passage: Dancing Girl of Mohenjo-Daro

Caged behind thick glass, the most famous dancer in the world can easily be missed in the National Museum, Delhi. The Dancing Girl of Mohenjo-Daro is that rare artifact that even school children are familiar with. Our school textbooks also communicate the wealth of our 5000-year heritage of art. You have to be alert to her existence there, amid terracotta animals to rediscover this bronze image.

Most of us have seen her, only in photographs or sketches, therefore the impact of actually holding her is magnified a million times over. One discovers that the dancing girl has no feet. She is small, a little over 10 cm tall — the length of a human palm-but she surprises us with the power of great art – the ability to communicate across centuries.

A series of bangles – of shell or ivory or thin metal-clothe her left upper arm all the way down to her fingers. A necklace with three pendants bunched together and a few bangles above the elbow and wrist on the right hand display an almost modern art.

She speaks of the undaunted, ever hopeful human spirit. She reminds us that it is important to visit museums in our country to experience the impact that a work of art leaves on our senses, to find among all the riches one particular vision of beauty that speaks to us alone.

Q. On the basis of your reading of the above passage, answer the following questions.

  1. The Dancing Girl belongs to
    1. Mohenjo-Daro.
    2. Greek culture.
    3. Homo sapiens.
    4. Tibet.
  2. In the museum she’s kept among
    1. dancing figures.
    2. bronze statues.
    3. terracotta animals.
    4. books
  3. Which information is not given in the passage?
    1. The girl is caged behind glass.
    2. She is a rare artefacts.
    3. School books communicate the wealth of our heritage.
    4. She cannot be rediscovered as she’s bronze.
  4. Great Art’ has power because
    1. it appeals to us despite a passage of time.
    2. it is small and can be understood.
    3. it is seen in pictures and sketches.
    4. it is magnified a million times.
  5. The jewellery she wears
    1. consists of bangles of shell or ivory or thin metal only.
    2. is a necklace with two pendants.
    3. Both (1) and (2) are correct.
    4. Neither (1) nor (2) is correct.
  6. She reminds us
    1. of the never-say-die attitude of humans.
    2. why museums in our-country are exciting.
    3. why she will make us come into money.
    4. of dancing figures.
  7. The synonym of the word ‘among’ in paragraph 1 is ___________.
  8. The size of the dancing girl is equal to the length of the human palm. (True / False)


  1. Mohenjo-Daro
  2. terracotta animals
  3. She cannot be rediscovered as she’s bronze
  4. it appeals thus despite a passage of time.
  5. consists of bangles of shell or ivory or thin metal only.
  6. why museums in our-country are exciting.
  7. Amid
  8. True

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