|CMSI Ref. Number
|Author of text
|V.F. Vineeth, C.M.I.
|Composer of melody
|Anto Amarnad, CMI
|Joseph Palackal and chorus
|Date of composition of text/melody
|DCS-016 Popular CHRISTIAN BHAJAN by Deccan Records
This chant is a tribute to the remarkable talent of Dr. Francis Vineeth, CMI, who combined poetry with theology. The text is based on the prologue to the fourth gospel. For that reason, this bhajan text may have a special place in the history of Christian music in India. Dr. Anto Amarnad, CMI, a young seminarian at Dharmaram College, composed a catchy melody in the popular ¾ rhythm. The song text blended smoothly into that rhythmic frame and joyful, singable melody. Thus, Joyothi Jyothi, became the most popular track in the Long Play record. Most of the words in the text were familiar to Hindi speakers and other Sanskrit-based languages in India. Dr. Vineth and Dr. Amarnad made profound theology intimate to an Indian audience. Many Catholic schools used the bhajan for prayer dance for public functions. These factors led to the popularity of the LP record, which became a commercial success to the surprise of many. ..... Read MoreBy
Dr. Joseph J. Palackal, CMI New York
12 April 2021.