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Call Number : RR-018


Pallikalile Chitraabhasangal

പള്ളികളിലെ ചിത്രാഭാസങ്ങൾ

 Author - Prof. George Menachery

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Call Number : RR-017


Āghōshamāya Slīwāppātha

ആഘോഷമായ സ്ലീവാപ്പാഥ

(Solemn Stations of the Cross)



Br. Jose L. Mawunkal


Songs and prayers for the fourteen Stations of the Cross in Malayalam First edition, 1929


  • Printed at - Jubilee Memorial Presss Seminary-Puthenpally, Varappuzha.
  • Language - Malayalam


This is the original edition (1929) of one of the most popular versions of the Stations of the Cross in Malayalam. The 32-page booklet (6.4” X 3.8”) contains hymns, prayers, and meditative reflections on each of the fourteen Stations, written by late Fr. Joseph Mawunkal, a member of the Arch-diocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly, in Kerala. At the time of publication, the author was a seminarian, identified as Jose L. Mawunkal, at Puthenpally, Varappuzha. The work received a warm reception from the Catholic Keralites because of its high literary and poetic qualities. Until the 1970s, this was the most popular Stations of the Cross among the Syro Malabar and the Latin Catholics in Kerala. Even today, several communities continue to use this version, with slight change of words in the opening stanza.

Call Number : RR-016


The wedding Songs of the Cochin Jews and of the Knanite Christians of Kerala

A Study in Comparison.

Prof. P. M. Jussay


Note By

Dr. Joseph J. Palackal

I photocopied this article at the Notre Dame University Library on 21 September 2002. Unfortunately, I forgot to copy the publication details. A Google search shows that the article was published in 1986. I think it was Dr. Cyriac Pullapilly, professor of history at St. Mary's College in Indiana, who spoke to me about the importance of this article. I Went to Indiana to present a paper at the seminar on "Christianity and Native Cultures" that Professor Pullapilly organized.

Call Number : RR-015


The Syriac Manuscripts in Mannanam Library

Fr. Emmanuel Thelly, C. M. I. (1925-2015) was kind enough to give me this copy of the paper that he presented at the Symposium Syriacum VIII, Eigh-th International Congress for Syriac Studies, held at the University of Sydney, Australia from June 26 to 30, 2000. Fr. Thelly spent innumerable hours at the archive at St. Joseph’s Monastery at Mannanam to gather the information that is presented here. This is a golden treasure for researchers on an array of topics, ranging from language and linguistics to music and history. I hope these manuscripts are still intact at the archive. Recently, the monastery has decided to digitize the materials at the Archive and make them public. That will be a great boon to scholars around the world. I cherish the sacred memory of Fr. Thelly, who helped me immensely during research for my doctoral dissertation on Syriac chants at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and pray for his continuous blessings on the Aramaic Project and anyone who is involved in Syriac studies.


Joseph J. Palackal
New York
27 April 2017

Call Number : RR-014


Aramaic Grammar Vol I & II

(Approved by the University of Kerala)


Rev. Fr. Thomas Arayathinal, M. O. L.

  • Printed at - St. Joseph's Press, Mannanam, Kerala, India.
  • Year - 1957

Call Number : RR-013

Music Resource Code : MA-MAL-017




( Hymnal in Malayalam )

Compiled by

The staff and students of (Dharmaram College, Bangalore)


A Review by

Dr. Joseph J. Palackal CMI, (2017)

  • Printed at - K. C. M. Press, Ernakulam, (Commercial Movies & Christian Worship in Kerala: A Musical Intersection )
  • Year - 1963


This hymnal is a witness to a period (1950s to 1970s) in the history of Christian music in Malayalam, when composers of lyrics looked up to film tunes in Hindi, Malayalam, and to a lesser extent, Tamil, and wrote Christian lyrics to the meters and melodies of popular film songs. These songs reached Kerala through the government sponsored All India Radio.. The hymnal also shows the intersection of commercial movies and Christian worship at this time in Kerala, India. The hymnal was intended for private use at Dharmaram College,

Call Number : RR-012

Music Resource Code : MA-MAL-025




Music Teacher (Book I)



Fr. Abel CMI


  • Lyrics and music for - Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday,Good Friday, Benediction, Christmas midnight services, prayers for the beginning and end of the calendar year
  • Lyrics:- Fr. Abel, C. M. I.
  • Music:- Rafi Jose
  • Printed at - Mar Louis Memorial Press, Ernakulam, Kerala. 1969.

This book is a valuable addition to the resources for researchers on the Christian music of Kerala, India. It tells the story of the meeting of the musical minds of two great men: Fr. Abel Periyappuram, CMI (1920-2001) and Mangalappilly M. Jose (d. 2010), popularly known as Rafi Jose.

Call Number : RR-011


Funeral services for priests in the Syro-Malankara church

സീറോ മലങ്കര സഭയിലെ വൈദീകരുടെ മരണാന്തര ശുശ്രൂഷകൾ

  • Chants sung by - Fr.Paul Nilackal Thekkethil.
  • Recorded at - Oasis Digital Studio, Ranni, Kerala on 18-19 Feb 2012.


In this recording, electronic tamburu was used for sruti; in actual service organ, keyboard, or harmonium is used for accompaniment.

Call Number : RR-009


Order of the Public worship of the Malankara Marthoma Syrian Church

മലങ്കര മാർത്തോമ്മാ സുറിയാനി സഭ പരസ്യാരാധന ക്രമം

Kristeeya Keerthanangal (Christian Hymns) : Staff Notation


Pp. ii + 757. Contains notation of over 484 melodies from the liturgy of the Mar Thoma Church. Certain significant details regarding the structure of the lyrics (pallawi-anupallawi-charanam, for example) and meter are missing in this edition. For these and other important information on the hymns, researchers may consult Malankara Mar Thoma suriyani sabha parasyaradhanakramam (Order of Public Worship of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church), published by the Mar Thoma Sabha Publication Board, Thiruvalla.
A call-to-attention to the rich repertoire of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church can be found in Palackal 2005, pp. 123-125.

Call Number : RR-008/WM


Ancient Songs of the Syrian Christians of Malabar



P. U. Lukas


Compiled by P. U. Lukas (Puthenpurackal Uthup Lukas). 10th ed. Kottayam: Jyothi Book House. 2002. First published in 1910. Pp. xxxiv + 240. This book includes the complete text (pp.142 - 155) of the songs of Marggam Kali.


Courtesy - Wilson Muriyadan

Call Number : RR-007


Die Melodien des Chaldaischen Brevlers Commune


Die Melodien des Chaldaischen Breviers Communenach den Traditionen Vorderasiens und der Malabarkuste, edited by Heinrich Husmann. Orientalia Christiana Analecta, no. 178. Rome: Pontificum Institutum Orientalium Studiorum, 1967. Part I: Die Melodien des Commune des Chaldaischen Breviers, ach der tradition des vorderen orientes. Gesungen von P. Ephrem Bede, Chaldaischer Chorbischof, Patriarchalvikar in Kairo. Part II: Die Melodien des commune des Chaldaischen Breviers, nach der tradition der Indischen christen der Malabarkuste. Gesungen von P. Amos C. M. I., Generelakonom des Ordens Carmelitarum Mariae Immaculatae, Prior General’s House, Ernakulam, Kerala.

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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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