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Christian Musicological Society of India has produced and copyrighted the following works. Audio and Video discs, records, and cassettes of these works are available from us.

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  1. Kerala, the Cradle of Christianity in South Asia: The Cultural Interface of Religion and Music (DVD)
  2. Solemn High Mass of the Syro-Malabar Church (English) (CD)
  3. Qurbānā: Solemn High Mass of the Syro-Malabar Church (Music Notation)
  4. Qambel Maran: Syriac Chants from South India (CD)
  5. Kristu Sahasra Naamam [Thousand Names of Christ] (Pre-recorded cassette)
  6. Christian Bhajans (LP Record)
  7. Kristeeya gaanangal [Christian Songs] (45-RPM EP Record)
  8. Solemn High Mass in Syriac (CD and DVD) [Expected]
  9. Kristu Sahasra Naamam [Thousand Names of Christ] (CD) [Expected]






Kerala, the Cradle of Christianity in South Asia: The Cultural Interface of Religion and Music (DVD)

The six million Christians in Kerala, on the southwest coast of India, follow a variety of liturgical and musical traditions some of which date back to the early Christian era. This film explores the historical embeddedness of these traditions that came about as a result of the region's commercial, cultural, and religious interactions with the Middle East, Europe, and America. The narrative follows the events that led to the introduction of the Chaldean, Antiochene, Roman Catholic, Anglican, and other liturgies along with the musical styles associated with them. Over the centuries, these styles have become an integral part of the musical mosaic of Kerala. A renewed attempt in the recent past to interpret Christianity in Indian terms has contributed to adaptations of semi-classical and bhajan styles of music into Christian worship. The film documents excerpts from the current practice of chants in East Syriac, West Syriac, Latin, Sanskrit, English, and Malayalam. The film also showcases a unique performance context in which Hindu instrumental ensembles share space in a church festival, indicating the extent of religious harmony that exists in the region; the festival includes several ritual elements that the Portuguese missionaries introduced in the sixteenth century. Drawing attention to the lesser known aspects of the religious, musical, and linguistic complexity of the region, the film presents Kerala as a potential field for inquiries in an emerging area of scholarship on Christian music in India.


Short Abstract
Detailed Abstract
Sample cuttings on youtube.com
Internet movie database
Invitation for the release ceremony
Speech on the occasion by Joseph J. Palackal

The film was released on Aug 2, 2008 at Kerala House in Delhi. The Department of Tourism of the Government of Kerala organized the function.


Mr. Amit Kant I. A. S. receives the first copy of the DVD from Honorable Cyriac Joseph, Justice of the Supreme Court of India. Joseph Palackal on the right.


Comments, References & Reviews:

Fr. Mark Woodruff, Vice Chairman, Society of St. John Chrysostom, London. 16 October 2013. PDF
Review by Alain Godbout, Nova Scotia, Canada, Email dated 15 May 2013.
Holly Tsang: 'East meets West', Queens Ledger, 17 November 2009. PDF
Joy Lukose, Malayalam Pathram (New York), vol. 10, no. 40 (14 October 2009), p. 12.

Screening schedule:


Oct 30, 2010: Pope John Paul II Cultural Centre, Washington D. C., USA.
Mar 16, 2010: Pontifico Instituto Orientale, Piazza S. Maria Maggiore, Rome, Italy.
Mar 14, 2010: Chiesa di Villa Benedetta (Suore di Giovanni Battista), Via Circonvalazione Cornelia 65, Rome, Italy.
Mar 13, 2010: Chiesa di S. Caterina della Rosa, (Syro-Malabar), Via Michelangelo Caetani 8/9, Rome, Italy.
Nov 14, 2009: 7th Queens film festival, Bennett Hall, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Astoria, New York, USA. [Nominated for the best international documentary film award]
Oct 29, 2009: `Musical Heritage: Movement and Contacts conference', Faculté de musique, Université de Montréal, Canada.
Aug 9, 2009: Nuremberg, Germany.
Aug 3, 2009: Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.
Apr 16, 2009: St. Mary's Church, Sacramento, California, USA.
Nov 20, 2008: `India and the World', Amsterdam University, Netherlands.
Nov 1, 2008: `South Asian Imaginaries: A Symposium on Art, Film and Music', Teachers College, Columbia University, USA. Poster. Postcard.
Oct 25, 2008. Society for Ethnomusicology 53rd Annual Meeting, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, USA.


Screenplay, cinematography, and direction: Jain Joseph, FTII
Script and narration: Joseph J. Palackal
Research consultants: A. Mathias Mundadan, CMI, and George Menachery.
Duration: 34 Minutes.
Available in PAL and NTSC formats.
Produced by the Christian Musicological Society of India, in collaboration with the Dept. of Education and Mass Media, Sacred Heart Province of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, India, and the Dept. of Tourism, Government of Kerala
Copyright: © 2008 Joseph J. Palackal

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Solemn High Mass of the Syro-Malabar Church (English) CD

Musical setting of the English version of Mass in the Chaldean rite of the Syro-Malabar Church.
CD with 16 hymns, 16-page booklet, 7 photographs, music example, and bibliography (SMC 101 - 2007).

A general description about the Solemn High Mass, called the Qurbānā can be found here.

Music: Joseph J. Palackal and George Thaila
Music Arrangement: Dennis Kurisingal
Liner notes: Joseph J. Palackal
Produced by the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago.
Commissioned and approved by the Synod of the Syro-Malabar Church.
Correspondence between Bishop Jacob Angadiath and Joseph J. Palackal and Bishop Paul Chittilappily
Introductory remarks by Joseph J. Palackal before the presentation of the music in the form of a dry mass in front of Bishop Jacob Angadiath and other specially invited guests for critical evaluation, on 29 May 2006 at Holy Family Church, Brooklyn, NY.
Correspondence between Joseph J. Palackal and Fr.Varghese Pathikulangara C.M.I.
Communication between Dr. Jospeh J. Palackal and the Major Archbishop's office in Kochi regarding the introduction of Puqdaanakon and Qaddisa Alaaha in the Solemn celebration of Qurbana in English at the National Shrine and Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC, on 07 Sept 2013.

The Choir:
First row, seated left to right: Linda Manchery, Jeslin James (tamburu), Asha Kurian.
Second row: Christy John, Marianne Thaila, Janey James, Gina Mathew.
Third row, standing left to right: Joseph J. Palackal, Theiju Sebastian, Sonia Augustine, Feba Thoyalil, George Thaila, Tonia Kurian, and Hector Lewis.
Background: Christ the Guru.
Photo by Balu Menon. May 9, 2007.

Soloists: Joseph J. Palackal, Feba Thoyalil, and Marianne Thaila.
Female chorus: Asha Kurian, Theiju Sebastian, Christy John, Gina Mathew, Janey James, Jelsin James, Linda Manchery, Sonia Augustine, and Tonia Kurian.
Male chorus: Hector Lewis, George Thaila.
Keyboard: Dennis Kurisingal.
Flute: Laura Falzon.
Violin: Elizabeth Young.
Harp: Marie Harrington.
Tamburu: Jeslyn James.
Bamboo flute (track 15): Suresh P. Ravunni.
Conductor: George Thaila.
Recorded by Martin Manayani at Martin's Digital, Queens Village, New York. April 2007.
Music copyright: © 2007 Joseph J. Palackal and George Thaila.

List of tracks:

  1. Glory to God. Joseph J. Palackal and chorus (1:20)
  2. Our Father. Joseph J. Palackal and chorus (2:21)
    [Note: Click here to view the notation of the new version of this song]
  3. Psalms. Joseph J. Palackal, Feba Thoyalil, and chorus (3:13)
  4. Resurrection hymn. Joseph J. Palackal, Feba Thoyalil, and chorus (1:32)
  5. Trisagion. Joseph J. Palackal, Feba Thoyalil, and chorus (1:18)
  6. Suraya. Joseph J. Palackal, Marianne Thaila, Feba Thoyalil, and chorus (1:38)
  7. Alleluia Hymn. Feba Thoyalil, Marianne Thaila, and chorus (1:48)
  8. Gospel Acclamation. Joseph J. Palackal and chorus (0:30)
  9. Anthem of the Mysteries. Joseph J. Palackal, Feba Thoyalil and chorus (2:22)
  10. Commemoration Hymn. Joseph J. Palackal and chorus (2:06)
  11. Salutation and Dialogue. Joseph J. Palackal and chorus (1:13)
  12. Holy, Holy, Holy. Chorus (1:13)
  13. Penitential Psalm. Joseph J. Palackal and chorus (0:36)
  14. I am the Living Bread. Feba Thoyalil, Marianne Thaila and chorus (1:48)
  15. Final Blessing. Joseph J. Palackal and chorus (2:38)
  16. As our Lord Commanded. Joseph J. Palackal and chorus (1:03)

Text of Hymns

Excerpts from liner notes


Library Catalogs:

Library of Congress Catalog : 2011650609
Harvard University Library Hollis Catalog : 012760693
Cornell University Library Catalog : 7287528
Yale University Library Catalog : 9643453
New York Public Library Catalog : 16866294052

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Qurbānā: Solemn High Mass of the Syro-Malabar Church (Music Notation)

Notation book for Solemn High Mass of the Syro-Malabar Church.

Foreword by Joseph J. Palackal
Illustrations: Dan Fuller, Fuller Advertising Inc., New York.
Design: Predish, Design Sama, Kochi, India.
Published by St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago in collaboration with Christian Musicological Society of India.
First edition: Chicago and Aluva 2007.
Copyright: © 2007 Joseph J. Palackal, George Thaila and Dennis Kurisingal.

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Qambel Maran: Syriac Chants from South India (CD)

CD with 29 chants, 16-page booklet in English, map, 7 photographs, and bibliography.
Chants in Syriac (Aramaic) from the Chaldean liturgy of the Syro-Malabar Church of the St. Thomas Christians. Includes chants from the liturgy of the Hours, Raza, funeral services, Syriac translation of Latin chants by St.Thomas Aquinas, and chants for special occasions such as wedding and celebration of the feast of the Blessed Virgin and saints.
Performers include Fr.Abel Periyappuram, CMI (1920-2001), Fr. Probus Perumalil, CMI, et al.
Recorded in Kerala, South India, in 1999 and 2000. (PAN 2085)
Recorded and annotated by Joseph J. Palackal
Publisher: PAN Records (Netherlands), 2002. (PAN 2085)
First edition: 2002
Reprint: 2009

"Capturing the sounds of these melodies at this juncture is an imperative because, more than music, they are an integral part of the history of a people, linguistic soundscape of a region, and musical map of a country. Moreover, the performers are crucial witnesses to a transnational tradition that is in rapid transition."

-- Joseph J. Palackal

List of tracks:


Chants from the Liturgy of the Hours:
  1. Awun d'wasmayya [Our Father in heaven] (2: 26)
  2. Hallel hallel [Praise, praise] (2: 27)
  3. Iso maaran m'siha [Lord Jesus Christ] (2: 51)
  4. Maarya kolhon hawbay [Lord, all my faults] (1: 41)
  5. B'endaan sapraa [In the morning] (2: 04)
  6. Esthappaanos [St. Stephen] (1: 14)
  7. Brik hannaanaa [Blessed is the merciful one] (1: 10)
  8. Etpan al slotaa [Turn to the prayer] (1: 18)
  9. Taaw n'yaqar [Come, let us honor] (1: 33)
Chants from Raza:
  1. Sliwaa dahwaa lan [The Cross that became for us] (1: 32)
  2. Dezdamman inja [O you who are invited] (1: 32)
  3. K'taaawa rambaa [The great book] (1: 28)
  4. Slaam lek maryam [Hail Mary] (2: 51)
Chants from the Services for the Dead:
  1. Qambel maaran [Accept, O Lord] (4: 52)
  2. La tekre laak [Do not be sorry] (2: 00)
  3. Layka azal min ruhaak [Where flee from your Spirit?] (2: 15)
  4. B'hadmin yaawmin [On one of the days] (1: 22)
  5. Ettaa pus lek [Farewell, O church] (2: 19)
Syriac Translation of Latin Chants:
  1. Quryelayson [Lord, have mercy] (5: 40)
  2. Haa qes sliwa [Behold the wood of the Cross] (2: 02)
  3. Sabbah lesan [Praise, my tongue] (1: 51)
  4. Kollan dasne [Let us all offer; Syriac of `Pange lingua' by St. Thomas Aquinas] (3: 17)
  5. Taa laak ruhaa [Come O Spirit] (2: 46)
  6. Slaam lek [Hail to you Mary] (1: 53)
Chants for Special Occasions
  1. Bar maryam [Son of Mary] (2: 58)
  2. Laak maar yaawsep [You, St. Joseph] (2: 02)
  3. Sabbah l'maarya [Praise the Lord] (1: 52)
  4. Hadmin ire [One from the angels] (1: 07)
  5. B'eda d'yaawmaan [On this festival day] (2: 18)

English transliteration and translation of the Syriac text


Library Catalogs:

Library of Congress Catalog : 2011620173
[Note: You can view the Library Of Congress entry for Qambel Maran by either clicking on the link above or by going to http://lccn.loc.gov/2011620173. You can also go to http://www.loc.gov and search for the catalog number 2011620173 on their website]
Harvard University Library Hollis Catalog : 009890363
British Library Catalog : 1CD0223680
New York Public Library Catalog : 16186674052

Reviews:

  • Rolf Groesbeck: Ethnomusicology, vol. 48, no.1 (Winter 2004), pp.145-147.
  • D. Richard Widdess: Yearbook for Traditional Music, vol. 37 (2005), pp. 184-185.
  • Kurian Perumpillikkunnel: Carmela Sandesham, no. 188 (June 2004), pp. 73-78.
  • Johnson Palakkappillil: Journal of Dharma, vol. 30, no. 1 (Jan-Mar 2005), pp. 140-142.
  • Zoe C. Sherinian: Asian Music, vol. 37, no. 2 (Summer/Fall 2006), pp. 158-161.
  • Paulachan Kochappilly: Christian Orient, vol. 27, no. 2 (2006), pp. 82-83.
  • Katherine Morehouse: The Harp, vol. 23 (2008), pp. 414-416.
  • M. Thomas Antony: Qambel Maran- Syriac chants from South India- a review and liturgical music tradition of Syriac Christians revisited (2008)

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    Kristu Sahasra Naamam [Thousand Names of Christ] (Pre-recorded cassette)

    Selections from the Sanskrit poem of the same title by I. C. Chacko, Illiparambil, composed in semi-classical style.

    Pre-recorded cassette. FDMIC 210. Deccan Records, Bangalore.
    Text: I. C. Chacko, Illiparambil.
    Music: Anto Amarnad, CMI.
    Lead singers: Joseph Palackal and Indumathi Ephraim.
    Accompanying booklet with transliteration and English translation of the text by Francis Vineeth, CMI.






    Christian Bhajans by Joseph J. Palackal

    The first Gramophone record of Christian bhajans in Malayalam


    Long Play Record (33 1/3 RPM), Deccan Records Pvt Ltd., Bangalore. LDEC 102 (1979)
    Recorded at HMV Studio at Gemini, Madras, India (April 1978). Produced and distributed by
    Deccan Records Private Ltd., 16 St. Marks Road, Bangalore 560 001, India.
    Manufactured by the Gramophone Company of India Ltd.
    Released by His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Parecattil by giving the first copy to Shri. Philipose Thomas, I. A. S. (District Collector, Eranakulam), at Town Hall Eranakulam, on Sunday, October 21, 1979.

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    Principal vocalist: Joseph J. Palackal.

    Chorus: Sunny Mampilly, Molly Madathiparambil, Jacintha Jose

    Music supervision: Prof. Pratapkumar J. Toliya (Vardhaman Bharathi, Bangalore)

    Lyrics of the twelve tracks

    Liner notes by Rev. Dr. Thomas Aykkara, C. M. I. (Prior General, Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, India)

    Recording Engineer: K. S. Raghunathan

    Cover design: Joy Elamkunnapuzha, CMI & Artist Sasi


    List of Tracks

    Side One

    1. Aroopa Mahatma [O the Formless, Great Spirit] (3:12)
    Joseph Palackal
    Lyric: Dr. Thomas Kochumuttom, CMI
    Music: Fr. Thomas Kandathil, CMI

    2. Jyothi Jyothi [Light, Light] (4:03)
    Joseph Palackal and Chorus
    Lyric: Dr. Francis Vineeth Vadakkethala, CMI
    Music: Anto Chittilappilly, CMI

    3. Mahitha Manasa [Of Great Mind] (3:59)
    Joseph Palackal and Chorus
    Lyric: Jose Chunkan, CMI
    Music: Ramakrishnashram

    4. Sarweshawachanam [The Lord’s Word] (1:28)
    Joseph Palackal and Chorus
    Lyric: Fr. Louis Maliekal, CMI
    Music: Thomas Kandathil, CMI

    5. Saranam Saranam [Hope, Hope] (3:16)
    Joseph Palackal and Chorus
    Lyric & music: Fr. Felix Noronha (N. B. C. L. C.)

    6. Wande Wande [Homage, Homage] (3:28)
    Joseph Palackal, Molly Madathiparambil and Chorus
    Lyric: Fr. Cherian Kunianthodath, CMI
    Music: Thomas Kandathil, CMI


    Side Two

    7. Om Jagat Jyothi [Om, the Light of the World] (1:57)
    Joseph Palackal
    Lyric: John Manavalan, CMI
    Music: Anto Chittilappilly, CMI

    8. Om Guru Om Guru [Om Guru, Om Guru] (3:52)
    Joseph Palackal and Chorus
    Lyric: Anto Chittilappilly, CMI
    Music: Ramakrishnashram

    9. Saranamesumaheswara [Hope, O Jesus the Great Lord] (4:45)
    Joseph Palackal, Molly Madathiparambil and Chorus
    Lyric & music: Thomas Kandathil, CMI

    10. Jeewakiranamay [As the Ray of Life] (3:39)
    Joseph Palackal
    Lyric: Cherian Kunianthodath, CMI
    Music: Ramakrishnashram

    11. Daiwame Thathanam [O God the Father] (2:10)
    Joseph Palackal & Jacintha Jose
    Lyric: Cherian Kunianthodath, CMI
    Music: Sunny Mampilly, CMI

    12. Snehamaheswara [O Great Lord of Love] (3:21)
    Joseph Palackal
    Lyric: Cherian Kuniathodath, CMI
    Music: O. C. Johnson (Sangeetha Sadan, Thevara)








    Kristeeya gaanangal [Christian Songs] (45-RPM EP Record)

    3 Christian devotional songs in Malayalam.

    45-RPM Extended Play (EP) Record. EDEC 1002. Deccan Records, Bangalore.
    Solo vocalist: Joseph Palackal.
    Lyrics: Cherian Kunianthodath, CMI.
    Music: K. J. Joy.
    Liner notes: A. Mathias Mundadan, CMI.
    Recorded at HMV Studio, Gemini, Madras.






    Solemn High Mass in Syriac (CD and DVD)

    Musical celebration of mass in the ancient Chaldean rite of the Syro-Malabar Church in India.
    CD and DVD with booklet by Joseph J. Palackal (70 minutes).
    Recorded live on August 7, 2006 at St. Thomas Cathedral, Palai, Kerala.
    Celebrant: Fr. George Plathottam.

    Expected release: June 2013






    Kristu Sahasra Naamam [Thousand Names of Christ] (CD)

    CD with booklet (45 minutes).
    Selections from the Sanskrit poem by the same title by Chevalier I. C. Chacko (1876-1966).
    Vocal soloists: Joseph J. Palackal and Indumathi Ephraim.
    Text selected, translated, and introduced by Fr. Francis Vineeth, CMI.
    Music in semi-classical style by Fr. Anto Amarnad, CMI.

    Expected release: June 2013