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Children take over the conversation on Syriac chants.

Surprisingly, children are taking over the conversation on the Syriac heritage of the Syro Malabar Church. This is a very positive development. It gives us hope about the sustainability of the Syriac language and music. What is appealing is the fact that children learn songs in an informal setting without any coercion. We are grateful to the parents of these children for making Syriac chants a part of the conversation on the dining table. Let us hope that families will incorporate simple Syriac chants into evening family prayer.

Joseph J. Palackal, CMI
New York
22 January 2020
5:51 Diocese of Mananthavady

Solemn Qurbana in Syriac. Fr. Saji Mattathil, Fr. Joseph Pathil

We are glad to post the tracks from a commercial release of the chants from the Solem Qurbana in Syriac. This excellent CD is the result of the diligent work of a talented team of musicians and singers under the leadership of Fr. Joseph Pathil and Fr. Saji Mattathil. Fr. Saji, who sings the celebrant's part in this recording, is blessed with a special vocal inflection that suits the style of Syriac chants. I was lucky to have had a recorded conversation with Fr. Saji in Rome. See Aramaic Project-71 . A video recording of the celebration of Syriac Qurbana by Fr. Saji in Dallas, Texas is available on Aramaic Project-100 . I also had a conversation with Binu and Deepa, the two other key players in the production of this CD. See Aramaic Project-78 We are grateful to the Department of Liturgical Music of the Archdiocese of Changanacherry for granting permission to archive these tracks for the benefit of researchers. We encourage everyone to purchase a copy of this masterly produced CD that might become a collector's item directly from the publisher. If you think this video is useful, please think of supporting our efforts by giving a free-will donation. Please click on the donation button on the web site or contact us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr. Joseph J. Palackal, CMI
New York 20
January 2020.



Music Recording Studio

Oshin Green, Kottayam & Bethovan Digitals, Athirampuzha



Children take Syriac chants home

This video is the first of its kind. The sound of the Syriac chant is traveling from the worship context in the church to Catholic homes. The children who appear in this video took interest in learning Qandisa Alaha. The oldest of the three, Nebil (10) learned the text and melody from the web site of the Nazrani Foundation and taught his younger siblings. They sing the chant with great ease in their home environment. Also, they follow the correct performance practice of this chant, singing three times with three different incipits. This video gives us hope that Syriac chants may not die soon. These children may inspire other children to learn Syriac chants. It will be great if Syriac chants can become part of evening family prayer in Christian homes. We are grateful to their Dad, Anish for videotaping the chant and for granting permission to post it on our channel.

Joseph J. Palackal, CMI
New York
10 January 2020

Christ King Forane Church, Manimooly

Diocese of Mananthavady


Did St Thomas Come To India?

This is video is posted for archival and research purposes only.

Dr. Joseph J. Palackal talks with Mr. Cyriac Scaria based on the CNN Documentry -DOUBTING THOMAS


Syro Malabar National Convention, Houston , Aug 2019


Syriac and Arabic cultures in Kerala. Prof M.N Karassery and Dr.Joseph Palackal

The confluence of cultures in Kerala. Prof. M. N. Karassery and Rev. Dr. Joseph J. Palackal in a spirited conversation. Special thanks to Varghese Korason and Sibi David, Valkannadi.

Joseph J. Palackal, CMI
New York
1 July 2019.

(Reporter News Channel)
New York

1 July, 2019


The Teenage face of Syriac chants: Denny sails Karamkunnel

Here is a teenage singer who has already warmed up to the Syriac heritage of the Syro Malabar Church. Unusual as it is, Denny is attracted to the melodies and moods of East-Syriac chants and learned them by listening to Youtube videos. During a phone conversation, Denny, member of the Eparchy of Palakkad in Northern Kerala, acknowledged that he is an avid user of the postings on the Aramaic Project videos on our channel. Denny uses the Malayalam transliteration of the Syriac texts. Surprisingly, his rendering of the words is very satisfactory. The melodic variation at the end of “Lad hassi” (4:18) is noteworthy. It is reminiscent of the performance practice of Rag Bharavi in Hindustani music.

Denny’s interest caught the attention of the Major Archiepiscopal Curia at Mount St. Thomas. The priests there introduced Denny to the Major Archbishop, Cardinal George Alencherry, who showed interest in listening to Denny. The Cardinal, as well as the priests, seem to enjoy the singing by this Syriac prodigy. We look forward to hearing more melodies in the voice of Denny soon.

Joseph J. Palackal, CMI
New York
13 November 2019


Dinning room of the Archiepiscopal Curie at Mount St. Thomas, Kakkanad, Kochi

23 October, 2019

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