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Rev. Dr. Thomas Kalayil, CMI, Dharmaram College, Bengaluru.

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AP 107 - Rev. Dr. Thomas Kalayil, CMI, Dharmaram College, Bengaluru.
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AP 107

Part Number Part I - Syro Malabar Church
Title Rev. Dr. Thomas Kalayil, CMI, Dharmaram College, Bengaluru.
Duration 27:43
Place of Recording Dharmaram Vidya Ksthethram , Bengaluru.
Date of Recording 21 July 2014
Youtube URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbNYY9gqjZo
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Rev. Dr. Thomas Kalayil, CMI, Dharmaram College, Bengaluru

Rev. Dr. Thomas Kalayil, CMI recalls old melodies and liturgical practices. Interviewed on July 21, 2014 at Dharmaram College campus.

This interview with Dr. Thomas Kalayil, CMI, a scholar of the Syriac language and Sacred Scripture, is a blessing for the viewers of our channel. Fr. Kalayil recalls melodies, performance practices, chants and specific liturgical celebrations that went out of vogue in the 1960s. Of particular interest for musicologists is the reference to Fr. Ludovic Kunianthodath, CMI and his attempt to adapt Gregorian chant melody to sing Syriac texts. Fr. Kalayil gives one example. Also, the reference to the “Patturamsa,” (literally, musical evening prayer) associated with the feast of Corpus Christ is special. This is the first time we hear about this event that was part of the liturgy of the Hours among the CMI communities. We are grateful to Fr. Kalayil for sharing his memories of several other unique chants that went out of use in the vernacular era. Fr. Kalayil was kind enough to sing the famous Christological chant, "Sagdinan mar," in the manner in which it used to be sung. Overall, music historians have many reasons to be grateful to Fr. Kalayil for providing several hints to the possibility of multifaceted researches.

Joseph J. Palackal
New York
27 November 2018

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