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The Role of Music in Liturgy

ആരാധനാക്രമത്തിൽ സംഗീതത്തിനുള്ള സ്ഥാനം

Article written by

Dr. Joseph J. Palackal CMI


The ancient Syriac (Aramaic) chant tradition is one of the identity markers of the Syro-Malabar Church in Kerala, India. Preservation of these chants should go hand in hand with adaptation of Indian classical and semi-classical styles of music in liturgy.

  • Published at -St. Mary's Forane Church Souveni, Pallippuram, India, pp. 71-77.
  • Language - Malayalam.

Call Number : RR-037

Family Prayer and Bhajan Songs

കുടുംബ പ്രാർത്ഥനയും ഭജന ഗാനങ്ങളും


Article written by

Dr. Joseph J. Palackal CMI


  • Published in - Kudumbadeepam (March 2003), pp. 6-8, 14.
  • Language - Malayalam.

Fr. George Proksch SVD (1904-1986) was one of the pioneers in adapting the bhajan style of music in Catholic worship in India. In the 1960s, Dharmaram College and the National Biblical Catechetical and Liturgical Center (NBCLC), Bangalore, gave leadership in creating an "Indian liturgy" that adapted Hindu terminologies and Indian classical music. Although Indian liturgy has lost popularity, Christian bhajans continue to have currency among the Catholics in Kerala.

 Call Number : RR-036

Art and Christian Faith - An Indian Dialogue

കലയും ക്രൈസ്തവ വിശ്വാസവും - ഒരു ഭാരതീയ സംവാദം

Article written by Dr. Joseph Palackal published in Sathyadeepam , a Malayalam Catholic weekly published from Ernakulam, Kochi in Kerala. The weekly is a source for the official stance of the Kerala Catholic Church in general

  • Publisher - Sathyadeepam, vol. 74, p. 5.
  • Published Date - November 8, 2000
  • Language: Malayalam

Christianity in India is believed to be as old as Christianity itself. Yet Christian artists in India, by and large, are reluctant to interpret faith through images inspired by their local cultures. Instead, most Christian families and institutions proudly exhibit pictures of blue-eyed, blond-haired Jesus and Mary, painted by European artists. By giving an Indian definition to Christian faith, artists can contribute not only to Catholic Christianity, but also to Indian art.

Call Number : RR-035



The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians

Edited by

Stanley Sadie

(2nd Edition, vol. 15, John Tyrell. London: Macmillan Publishers, pp. 736-737)



A composite genre of poetry, music and dance, popular among the Catholics of Goa and the neighbouring regions on the west coast of India. The origin of the word is obscure. The lyrics in Konkani, the language of Goa, include words borrowed or derived from Portuguese (Goa was a Portuguese colony from 1510 AD.


  • Published in print - 20 January 2001
  • Published online - 2001

Call Number : RR-034


 (Official journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology)

University of Illinois Press


As the official journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Ethnomusicology is the premier publication in the field. It's scholarly articles represent current theoretical perspectives and research in ethnomusicology and related fields, while playing a central role in expanding the discipline in the United States and abroad. Aimed at a diverse audience of musicologists, anthropologists, folklorists, cultural studies scholars, musicians, and others, this inclusive journal also features book, recording, film, video, and multimedia reviews. Peer-reviewed by the Society’s international membership, Ethnomusicology has been published three times a year since the 1950s.

Call Number : RR-033


Puthenpana : A Musical Study

പുത്തൻപാന : സംഗീതാത്‌മകമായ പഠനം


Dr. Joseph J. Palackal CMI


An analysis of the intercultural processes that influenced the singing styles of Puthan Pana, an eighteenth-century Malayalam poem by John Earnest Hanxleden, in the historical context of Christianization and religious colonization in South India.


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Master's thesis - Hunter College-CUNY.

Director - Barbara L. Hampton. (ProQuest ID: 740455261).

Call Number : RR-032


Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Volume 5 - South Asia

  • Edited by - Alison Arnold (Routledge 1999, 1104 page (s)
  • Publication Year -1999
  • Publisher - Routledge
  • Subject Category - World Music, Music & Performing Arts, South Asia: Indian Subcontinent 

Call Number : RR-031


The Survival Story of Syriac Chants

A chapter by

Dr. Joseph J. Palackal. CMI
included in the

The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities
Edited by

Jonathan Dueck and Suzel Ana Reily


  • Print Publication Date - May 2016
  • Subject - Music, Ethnomusicology
  • Online Publication Date - Jan 2015
  • DOI -10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199859993.013.3
  • ISBN - 9780199859993


This chapter explores the Syriac chant traditions among the group of South Indian churches, collectively referred to here as the “St. Thomas Christians.” These churches, which encompass a variety of denominational communities in Kerala, trace their origins to the apostolic and Chaldean/East Syriac sources of West Asian Christianity, later articulating also with the Antiochene liturgy and Orthodox Christianity in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Call Number : RR-033a



പുത്തൻപാന അഥവാ രക്ഷാകരവേദകീർത്തനം

  • Printed by - St Joseph's press Mannanam-686 561
  • Re-imprimatur - Mathew Kavukatt (Archbishop of Changanasserry) 12-01-1965
  • Total pages - 117

Call Number : RR-030


A Unique Marriage Invitation Printed in Syriac

Marriage Invitation of Wilson weds Rekha printed in Syriac along with English.

The Marriage was solemnised on 2-May-2004 at Trissur Mar Adhai Sleeha Church, Paravattany,Trissur


Courtesy - Wilson Muriyadon

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Christian Musicological Society of India is an international forum for interdisciplinary research, discussion, and dissemination of knowledge, on the music, art and dance of about thirty million Christians in India, who belong to a diverse set of communities and linguistic groups and follow a variety of liturgical traditions some of which date back to the early Christian era. Founded in 1999 by Dr. Joseph J. Palackal CMI, the Society hopes that such researches will draw attention to the lesser known aspects of India in connection with the rest of the world.


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