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Joseph J. Palackal



Joseph J. Palackal, the first Indian to perform in an Off Broadway show
("Nunsense," directed by Dan Goggin), singing a Christian devotional
song in Hindi. Douglas Fairbanks Theater, New York. June 1990.


A Unique Musical Journey, Connecting the Dots between Two Complementary Concepts
by
Felix Simon

Joseph J. Palackal, Ph. D. (Music) has already carved a niche for himself in the vast history of Indian music. Through his stage performances, commercial and research recordings, lectures, workshops, and writings Dr. Palackal has linked the musical geography of Christianity to India, and has aroused the curiosity of both scholars and laymen alike. By doing so, he has initiated a new discourse on India as also a Christian country. Although the primary focus of research is on Christian music, Palackal's interests vary widely from Jewish and tribal music of Kerala to art and religion, as well as archiving oral histories and speech patterns. Starting as a singer and recording artist, Dr. Palackal continues his musical journey on the road less travelled by exploring ever new ways to connect the dots between what he considers “the complementary concepts of India and Christianity”.

Contents

Biography

With Sarah and Jacob Cohen, at their residence at Jew Town, Kochi. March 1996.
Joseph J. Palackal is an Indic musicologist, singer and composer. He is also the Founder-President of the Christian Musicological Society of India and Nadopasana Thodupuzha. Dr. Palackal holds degrees in theology, psychology, Indian classical music and musicology. The master’s thesis he wrote at Hunter College, New York (1995), became a foundational work for launching a Christian musicology of India. Later, his dissertation on the Syriac chants in South India, at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (2005) became the first doctoral study of a Christian music genre in India. Dr. Palackal is the author of articles on Indian Christian music in several international journals and three encyclopedias, including the prestigious New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Oxford Music Online) and the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (New York). Recently, he contributed a chapter to The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities (Oxford University Press).
Palackal Thoma Malpan


Offering the first copy of the LP record Christian Bhajans to His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Parecattil at the Cardinal's residence at Eranakulam. 21 October 1979.
Dr. Palackal is the lead singer in more than forty releases in five languages, including Sanskrit and Syriac. To his credit are the first LP record of Christian Bhajans in Malayalam (Deccan Records, Bangalore, 1979) and the first commercial CD of Syriac chants of the Syro-Malabar Church Qambel Maran: Syriac Chants from South India (PAN Records, Netherlands, 2002); both albums are landmarks in the history of Christian music in India. Dr. Palackal is the first Indian to perform in an Off Broadway show in New York by singing a Christian devotional song in Hindi. Other performance venues include Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, Princeton University and Columbia University. His internationally acclaimed documentary film, Kerala, the Cradle of Christianity in South Asia, is a pioneering attempt to educate the Western world about the uniqueness of Indian Christianity. In 2006, Dr. Palackal embarked on a mission of introducing Indian Christian art to the international community.
In front of Bolshoi Theater, Moscow, on the way to see the ballet, Giselle. 23 June 1993.

Solemn High Mass of the Syro-Malabar Church (English). Joseph J. Palackal with the choir. Photo by Balu Menon. 9 May 2007.
Commissioned by the Synod of the Syro-Malabar Church, Dr. Palackal, along with George Thaila, composed the English text of the Solemn High Mass of the Syro-Malabar Church for the use of Syro-Malabar Catholics in the English-speaking parts of the world. Dr. Palackal made his broadcasting debut at All India Radio, Bangalore. The Vatican Radio documented his speaking and singing voice in 2010. Such leading libraries as The Library of Congress (USA), the Harvard University Library, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the British Library have started cataloging his works.

Dr. Palackal hails from the family of Palackal Thoma Malpan (ca. 1780-1841), founder of the first indigenous religious congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate; he is a member of the same Congregation. Currently, Dr. Palackal is completing his book, Syriac Chants in South India: Toward Remapping the Musical Geography of a Country.


Dr. Palackal's signature CD - Qambel Maran: Syriac Chants from South India


Education

Ph. D. (Ethnomusicology), Graduate Center of the City University of New York, May 2005.
M. A. (Ethnomusicology), Hunter College-CUNY, May 1995.
B. P. A. (Hindustani Classical Music, vocal), The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, May 1986.
M. A. (Psychology), The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, November 1984.
B. Th. (Theology), Dharmaram Pontifical Institute, Bangalore, January 1980.
B. A. (Psychology), Bangalore University, December 1974.


Research and publications

Date Description Links
Forthcoming

"The Survival Story of Syriac Chants among the St. Thomas Christians in South India." In The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities, edited by Jonathan Dueck and Suzel A. Reily. Oxford University Press.
DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199859993.013.31

Abstract
Ongoing

Documenting the Last Remnants of the Aramaic Language and Music among the Syro-Malabar Catholics in Kerala, India. Project in progress. Description

 
Ongoing

Music & Colour: Oktoechos of the Orthodox Christians in Kerala. Sponsor: The Catholic University of America, Washington, D. C. Work in progress.

 
2013

The Aramaic Project: JESUS AND INDIA: A CONNECTION THROUGH LANGUAGE AND MUSIC.

 
2013

The Pallippuram Cross.

 
2013

Qurbānā ("Offering"): The Eucharistic Celebration of the Syro-Malabar Church.

 
2012

Homage to a Guru. Prepared for the 25th death anniversary celebration of Shri K.K.Antony Master

 
2012

Nadopasana Thodupuzha: Twenty-five years of Leadership in Music. Prepared for the Silver Jubilee celebrations.


Brochure
Invitation
2008

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

 
2007

With Thaila, George. Solemn High Mass of the Syro-Malabar Church. [Musical setting of the English version of Mass in the Chaldean rite of the Syro-Malabar Church; CD with 16-page booklet, 7 photographs, music example, and bibliography; soloists: Joseph J. Palackal, Feba Thoyalil, and Marianne Thaila; recorded at Martin's Digital, Queens, New York] Chicago: St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago. (SMC 101 - 2007). Review : Paul D. Greene, Ethnomusicology, vol. 54, no. 2 (Spring/Summer 2010), p. 360. Library catalogs

 
2007

With Thaila, George, and Kurisingal, Dennis. Qurbānā: Solemn High Mass of the Syro-Malabar Church. Music Notation [16 melodies for Mass in Western staff notation with chordal accompaniment; illustrations by Dan Fuller]. Chicago and Aluva: St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago and Christian Musicological Society of India.

 
2006

Notes on Persian Cross, Christ the Guru, and Mother of Wisdom.

 
2005

Syriac Chant Traditions in South India. A study of the contemporary practice of model melodies of the Chaldean rite in the Syro-Malabar Church, and the oktoechos ("eight voices") of the Antiochene rite in the Orthodox churches. Ph.D. dissertation. The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Director: Stephen Blum. (ProQuest ID 888835631).


Abstract
Proposal
2005

Kerala, Kochi, Trivandrum. Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, vol. 5: Asia and Oceania, edited by John Shepherd, et al. London and New York: The Continuum International Publishing Group, pp. 91-92, 104-105, 117-118.

 
2004

Oktoechos of the Syrian Orthodox Churches in South India. Ethnomusicology, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 229-250.


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Abstract
2004

"Interface Between History and Music in the Christian Context of South India." [A survey of the musical history of the Syro-Malabar Church in Kerala, India, shows the mutuality of musical and historical inquiries in which musicological discourse assumes a significant role as a tool in historiography]. In Christianity and Native Cultures: Perspectives From Different Regions of the World. Cyriac Pullapilly, et al., eds. Notre Dame, Indiana: Cross Cultural Publications, pp. 150-161. Booklet: 2002.

 
2003

Kudumba praarthanayum bhajana gaanangalum [Family Prayer and Bhajan Songs] [Fr. Proksh 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.] Kudumbadeepam (March 2003), pp. 6-8, 14. Language: Malayalam.

 
2002

[Reprint 2009]. Qambel Maran: Syriac Chants from South India. 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). Library catalogs & Reviews

 
2001

India: Christian Music. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 2nd edn., vol. 12, edited by Stanley Sadie, John Tyrell. London: Macmillan Publishers, pp. 233-34, 237.

 
2001

Mando. [A composite genre of poetry, music, and dance, popular among the Catholics of Goa and the neighboring regions of the west coast of India]. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edn., vol. 15, edited by Stanley Sadie, John Tyrell. London: Macmillan Publishers, pp. 736-37.

 
2000

Kalayum kraisthawa wiswaasawum: oru bhaaratheeya samwaadam [Art and Christian Faith: an Indian Dialogue] [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.] Sathyadeepam, vol. 74 (November 8, 2000), p. 5. Language: Malayalam.

 
2000

[Kerala] Christian Musical Traditions. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 5: South Asia: the Indian Subcontinent, edited by Alison Arnold. New York and London: Garland Publishing, pp. 944-947.

 
2000

[Kerala] Muslim Music. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 5: South Asia: the Indian Subcontinent, edited by Alison Arnold. New York and London: Garland Publishing, pp. 947-948.

 
2000

[Kerala] Jewish Music. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 5: South Asia: the Indian Subcontinent, edited by Alison Arnold. New York and London: Garland Publishing, pp. 948-949.

 
2000

[Kerala] Tribal Music. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 5: South Asia: the Indian Subcontinent, edited by Alison Arnold. New York and London: Garland Publishing, p. 949.

 
2000

[Kerala] Folk Music. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 5: South Asia: the Indian Subcontinent, edited by Alison Arnold. New York and London: Garland Publishing, p. 950.

 
2000

[Kerala] Film Music. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 5: South Asia: the Indian Subcontinent, edited by Alison Arnold. New York and London: Garland Publishing, p. 951. Review: "The articles on Kerala, by Groesbeck and Palackal, and Sri Lanka, by Sheeran, are two of the very best in the entire encyclopedia." -- Wolf, Richard K. 2004. Book Review: Alison Arnold, ed., The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: South Asia: the Indian Subcontinent, Ethnomusicology, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 278-283.

 
1999

Problems and Issues in the Study of the Syriac Chant Traditions in South India. [The St. Thomas Christians in India continue to preserve the Chaldean and Antiochene liturgies and chants in Syriac (Aramaic) that originated in the Middle East. The richness and the diversity in these chant traditions demand more scholarly attention than what they received in the past. A history of Indian music may be incomplete without the history of Syriac chants.] Christian Orient, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 176-81.

 
1999

Sangeethawum sabhaacharitrawum gaweshana weekshanathil [Music and Church History: Research Perspectives] [Musical memories handed down from generation to generation through oral transmission among Christians in Kerala preserve the stories of cultural and religious interactions between South India, the Middle East, and Europe.] Sathyadeepam, vol. 73 (August 18, 1999), pp. 5, 11. Language: Malayalam.

 
1995

Puthen paana: A Musical Study. An analysis of the intercultural processes that influenced the singing styles of Puthen paana, an eighteenth-century Malayalam poem by John Earnest Hanxleden, in the historical context of Christianization and religious colonization in South India. Master's thesis. Hunter College-CUNY. Director: Barbara L. Hampton. (ProQuest ID: 740455261).

Abstract
1985

With Ephraim, Indumathi. 1985. Kristu Sahasra Naamam [Thousand Names of Christ] [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.

 
1980

Aaraadhanakramatthil sangeethatthinulla sthaanam [The Role of Music in Liturgy] [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.] St. Mary's Forane Church Souvenir, Pallipuram, India, pp. 71-77. Language: Malayalam.

 
1979

Christian Bhajans. Long Play (LP) Record. LDEC 102. Deccan Records, Bangalore. 12 bhajans in Malayalam. Principal vocalist: Joseph Palackal. Chorus singers: Sunny Mampilly, Molly Madathiparambil, Jacintha Jose. Liner notes: Thomas Aykara, CMI. Cover design: Joy Elamkunnapuzha, CMI. Recorded at HMV Studios, Gemini, Madras, April 12-13, 1978.

 
1977

Kristeeya gaanangal [Christian Songs]. 45-RPM Extended Play (EP) Record. EDEC 1002. Deccan Records, Bangalore. 3 Christian devotional songs in Malayalam. Solo vocalist: Joseph Palackal. Lyrics: Cherian Kunianthodath CMI. Music: K. J. Joy. Liner notes: A. Mathias Mundadan, CMI. Recorded at HMV Studio, Gemini, Madras.

 

Reviews:
Date Description Links
2006

Kerala: (Inde de Sud / South India). Le Chant des Pulluvan / Pulluvan Songs. Compact Disc. AMP LXXII, Archives internationales de musique populaire Musée d'ethnographie (Geneva) VDE CD-1147 (2004). Asian Music, vol. 37, no. 2 (Summer/Fall 2006), pp. 161-164.

 
1999

Shiva Mahadeva. Dagar Brothers. Dhrupad, Classical Vocal Music of North India. Two Compact Discs. Royal Tropical Institute (Amsterdam), PAN 4001/2 (1996). Yearbook for Traditional Music, vol. 31 (1999), pp. 202-203.

 
1998

Lotus Signatures: Dr. N. Ramani, Flute and Trichy Sankaran, Mrdangam. Annotations by David Nelson. Compact Disc. Music of the World (Chapel Hill, NC, USA), CD T-141 (1997). Yearbook for Traditional Music, vol. 30 (1998), pp. 207.

 



Commercial releases

Songs for Liturgy and commerical releases



Research recordings

Number Description Links
1

Interview with Fr.Emmanuel Thelly C.M.I., Syriac scholar and lexicographer. Recorded at the premises of the Little Flower Monastery, Poonjar South, Kerala. 28 July 2013.


Full Interview
2

Interview with Fr. Charles Pyngot, C. M. I., scholar of the East-Syriac liturgy. Recorded at the premises of St. Antony's Monastery, Poomattam, Puthuppally, Kottayam Dt. Kerala. 28 July 2013.

Full Interview
3
Interview with Fr. Paul Kodamullil, member of the Diocese of Kothamangalam, currently living at Santhi Nilayam, Retired Priests' Home, Vazhappilly, Muvattupuzha, Kerala. 5 August 2013. (Video editing is in progress).
Full Interview
4
Fr. Augustus Thekkanath, C. M. I., and Lonappan Arackal and his team present the hymn "Holy, holy, holy" in Syriac as it used to be sung during the Qurbana on Pesaha wyaazham (Passover Thursday). Recorded at St. John Nepomucene Church, Konthuruthy, Eranakulam, Kerala. Lonappan Arackal, who currently is the sacristan of this church, used to be in charge of the Syriac choir until the 1960s. 16 July 2013. (Video editing is in progress).
Video
5a
K. O. Chacko Koythadathil sings "Marayor paawe," a Tamil song in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, set to the tune of the Syriac chant "Bar Mariam" (Son of Mary). Recorded at St. Thomas Church (Archdiocese of Kottayam), Kuruppamthara, Kottayam Dt., Kerala. 12 July 2013.
Video
5b
K. O. Chacko Koythadathil sings "Ammaanaa ewudes" for Good Friday. The hymn includes the Trisagion in Greek and Syriac. Recorded at Mr. Chacko's home at Kuruppamthara, Kottayam Dt., Kerala. 13 October 2013.
Video
5c
K. O. Chacko Koythadathil, sings Trisagion in Greek and Syriac, for Good Friday. Recorded at Mr. Chacko's home at Kuruppamthara, Kottayam Dt., Kerala. 13 October 2013.
Video
5d
K. O. Chacko Koythadathil, sings "Kadkrew maaran," for the procession on Palm Sunday. Recorded at Mr. Chacko's home at Kuruppamthara, Kottayam Dt., Kerala. 13 October 2013.
Video
5e
K. O. Chacko Koythadathil, sings "Aareem tharae" for the ceremonial opening of the church door, when the procession reaches the Church door. Recorded at Mr. Chacko's home at Kuruppamthara, Kottayam Dt., Kerala. 13 October 2013.
Video
5f
K. O. Chacko Koythadathil, sings "Sambah lessaan" which is sung during the Eucharistic procession on Holy Thursday. Recorded at Mr. Chacko's home at Kuruppamthara, Kottayam Dt., Kerala. 13 October 2013.
Video
5g
K. O. Chacko Koythadathil, sings "Taalaak ruhaa" the syriac translation of the Latin chant, Veni Creator Spiritus. Recorded at Mr. Chacko's home at Kuruppamthara, Kottayam Dt., Kerala. 13 October 2013.
Video
5h
K. O. Chacko Koythadathil, sings "Laak alaaha" the Syriac translation of the Latin chant, Te Deum. Recorded at Mr. Chacko's home at Kuruppamthara, Kottayam Dt., Kerala. 13 October 2013.
Video
5i
K. O. Chacko Koythadathil, sings "O Dazdamman" from the Raaza in the Syro-Malabar liturgy. Recorded at Mr. Chacko's home at Kuruppamthara, Kottayam Dt., Kerala. 13 October 2013.
Video
5j
K. O. Chacko Koythadathil sings "Ha ennaa," from Raaza of the Syro-Malabar Church. Sung in three ascending pitch registers. Recorded at Mr. Chacko's home at Kuruppamthara, Kottayam Dt., Kerala. 13 October 2013.
Video
5k
K. O. Chacko Koythadathil sings "K'saawaa ramba". Recorded at Mr. Chacko's home at Kuruppamthara, Kottayam Dt., Kerala. 13 October 2013.
Video
5l
K. O. Chacko Koythadathil sings "Maria Alaah". Recorded at Mr. Chacko's home at Kuruppamthara, Kottayam Dt., Kerala. 13 October 2013.
Video
5m
K. O. Chacko Koythadathil sings "Sambah l'maaryaa." Tune 1 of 3. Recorded at Mr. Chacko's home at Kuruppamthara, Kottayam Dt., Kerala. 13 October 2013.
Video
5n
K. O. Chacko Koythadathil sings "Sambah l'maaryaa." Tune 2 of 3. Recorded at Mr. Chacko's home at Kuruppamthara, Kottayam Dt., Kerala. 13 October 2013.
Video
5o
K. O. Chacko Koythadathil sings "Sambah l'maaryaa." Tune 3 of 3. Recorded at Mr. Chacko's home at Kuruppamthara, Kottayam Dt., Kerala. 13 October 2013.
Video
5p
K. O. Chacko Koythadathil sings "Thuwaa wu lainaa." Tune 1 of 2. For rituals related to the commemoration of the dead: death anniversary, 40th day, etc. Recorded at Mr. Chacko's home at Kuruppamthara, Kottayam Dt., Kerala. 13 October 2013.
Video
5q
K. O. Chacko Koythadathil sings "Thuwaa wu lainaa." Tune 2 of 2. For rituals related to the commemoration of the dead: death anniversary, 40th day, etc. Recorded at Mr. Chacko's home at Kuruppamthara, Kottayam Dt., Kerala. 13 October 2013.
Video
6
Interview with Rev. Dr. Jacob Vellian, scholar of the Syro-Malabar liturgy. Recorded at St. Thomas Church (Archdiocese of Kottayam), Kuruppamthara, Kottayam Dt., Kerala. 12 July 2013. (Video editing is in progress).
Full interview
7
Paul Joy Vathappillil sings the Syriac hymn,"B'eda d'yaawmaan" (On this festival day) in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Violin accompaniment by Paily Vathappillil, grand father of Paul Joy. Paily Vathappillil used to be the leader of the Syriac choir at St. Mary's Church, Pallippuram, Cherthala. Recorded at Vathappallil house at Pallippuram. 25 July 2013. (Video editing is in progress).
Video
8
Major Archbishop Cardinal Alencherry sings "Puqdaanakon" ("Your mandate") in Syriac at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D. C. during the Sixteenth Annual Pilgrimage to our Lady of Good Health, Annai Velankanni, organized by the Indian American Catholic Association (IACA), on 7 September 2013.

The chant rendered at the practice session in New Jersey can be viewed here. Note the difference in the melody of the Celebrant's part.
Video
9
Joseph J. Palackal leads The Trisagion in East Syriac (Qaddisa Alaha) at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D. C. (http://nationalshrine.com) during the Sixteenth Annual Pilgrimage to our Lady of Good Health, Annai Velankanni, organized by the Indian American Catholic Association (IACA), on 7 September 2013.

The melody of the three incipits are correctly rendered in the practice session at New Jersey which can be viewed here. Dr. Joseph Palackal's solo of the phrase "Alaaha" is slightly different in the practice session.
Video
10a
Catherine teaches her sister Rebecca how to recite "Awūnd'waśmayyā" (Our Father). Recorded on 13th April 2014 in Washington D.C.
Video
10b
Catherine sings the Solemn form of the Lord's Prayer "Awūnd'waśmayyā" (Our Father). Recorded on 8th April 2014 in Washington D.C.
Video
10c
Rebecca sings the syriac hymn "Tālāk Ruhā" (Come O Spirit). Recorded on 10th May 2014 in Washington D.C.
Video
11
Fr. Abel Periyapuram, C. M. I. sings Syriac melodies and their Malayalam translations from the liturgy of the Syro-Malabar Church for the research of Joseph J. Palackal. Recorded at Kalabhavan Studio in Dec 1997.
Youtube
12
Fr. Abel Periyapuram, C. M. I. sings Syriac and Malayalam versions of melodies from the liturgy of the Syro-Malabar Church. Introduction by Joseph J. Palackal. Recorded on 22 July 1998 at ASA Music Productions in Mount Vernon, New York.
Youtube
13
Fr. Abel Periyapuram, C. M. I. sings Malayalam version of model melodies from the liturgy of the Hours of the Syro-Malabar Church for the doctoral study of Joseph J. Palackal. Recorded at Fr. Abel's office at Kalabhavan, Kochi, Kerala on 23 Aug 2001.
Youtube
14
Fr. Abel Periyapuram, C. M. I. sings chants from the liturgy of the Syro-Malabar Church. Recorded at Joseph J. Palackal's office in Maspeth, New York on 20 Sep 1997 during Fr. Abel's visit to U. S. A. Of special interest is the conversation between Fr. Abel and Joseph J. Palackal on the rhythmic aspects of these melodies.
Youtube


Invited Lectures, Workshops and Research Papers

Date Description Links
4-7 August 2014

Featured speaker at the "Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives" Conference at Oxford, UK.

 
19 July 2014

Denha Endowment Lecture 2014. "The Syriac Heritage and the Faith Formation of the Syro Malabar Catholics in Bangalore." Dharmaram, Vidyaskhethram, Bangalore.


Abstract.
Brochure.
Flyer.
24 July 2013

“The Musical Treasures of the Syro Malabar Church." Liturgical Research Center of the Syro Malabar Church, St. Thomas Mount, Kakkanad, Kerala.

 
29 July 2011

“The Current Status of Syriac Chants in India." Holy Family Church, Gowrie (Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn), Australia.

 

16 March 2010
14 March 2010
13 March 2010

Pre-screening lecture and film presentation, Kerala, the Cradle of Christianity in South Asia: The Cultural Interface of Religion and Music. Pontifico Instituto Orientale, Rome, Italy: March 16, 2010; Chiesa di Villa Benedetta (Suore di Giovanni Battista), Rome: March 14, 2010; Chiesa di S. Caterina della Rosa, Rome: 13 March 2010.

 
29 October 2009

Pre-screening lecture and film presentation, Kerala, the Cradle of Christianity in South Asia: The Cultural Interface of Religion and Music. Conference on "Musical Heritage: Movements and Contacts." Faculty of Music, University of Montreal, Canada.

 
17 August 2009

Key note address. Christliches indisches Fest (Christian Festival of India). Begegnungszentrum, Erlangen, Germany.

 
09 August 2009

“The Cultural Interface of Music and Religion in India." Pre-screening lecture, followed by screening of the film, Kerala, the Cradle of Christianity in South Asia: The Cultural Interface of Religion and Music. Pfarrsaal der Josephs-Kirche, Josephsplatz, Munich, Germany. August 9, 2009; Navodaya Indian Association, Gross-Gerau, Frankfurt, Germany.

 
01 November 2008

Featured speaker at Conversations Across Cultures SOUTH ASIAN IMAGINARIES. Art, Film and Music from South Asia. Milbank Memorial Chapel. Teachers College Columbia University.


Flyer
25 October 2007

"Syriac Chants in South India: The Local-locus Continuum in Music." Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Columbus, Ohio.

 
09 August 2007

“The Cultural Interface of Christian Music in India." Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore, India.

 
04 October 2005

"Christianity in India: Faith in a Multireligious Milieu." 37th Annual National Catholic Development Conference. St. Louis, Missouri.

 
15 February 2005

"The Musical Mosaic of South India." Fordham University.

 
09 August 2004

"The Religious Basis of Indian Classical Music." Center for Studies in World Religions, Bangalore.

 
06 December 2003

"An Analytical Study of Raag Bageshri." Hunter College-CUNY.

 
02 October 2003

"Ettuniram of the Syrian Orthodox Churches in South India: Music in Transition." Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Miami, Florida.

 
21 September 2002

"Interaction between Music and History in the Christian Context of South India." International Conference on Christianity and Native Cultures. St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana.

 
01 March 2002

“The Concept of ‘Music’ in the Sanskrit Tradition." Hunter College.

 
28 November 2000

"Improvisation in Indian Music." Hunter College.

 
15 April 2000

"Chant: A Musical Means to Interior Silence." Malankara Catholic Mission of Greater New York.

 
21 August 1999

"The Scope of an Indian Christian Musicology." Jeevass Kendram, Aluva, India.

 
19 June 1999

"Problems and Issues in the Study of Syriac (Aramaic) Chants in India." University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

 
19 April 1999

"Talam: The Organization of Metric Structure in South Indian Art Music." Hunter College.

 
23 April 1998

"Interplay of Melodic and Metric Structures in Indian Classical Music." Brooklyn College.

 
09 May 1998

"Chant in India: Two Traditions." St. Stephen and Incarnation Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.


Flyer
Abstract
22 October 1997

“Harmony in Indian Music." Julliard School of Music.

 
29 May 1997

"Hindustani and Carnatic Classical Indian Music: A Comparison." The Fifth Annual Performing Arts of Asia Festival, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

 
15 May 1997

"Vocal Pedagogy in Indian Classical Music." Hunter College.

 
25 April 1997

"Appreciation of a Carnatic Classical Music Concert." Pre-concert lecture, World Music Institute, NY.

 
13 March 1997

"Folk Music of Kerala." Columbia University.

 
02 February 1997

"Formation of a Christian Musical Style in India." MACSEM, State University of New York at Stony Brook. This paper won the MACSEM award, the Hewitt Pantaleoni Prize, for the best student paper delivered at the annual meeting in 1997.

 
24 June 1996

"Christian Music of India: First to Fifteenth Centuries." The Fourth Annual Performing Arts of Asia Festival, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

Flyer.
28 September 1994

"The Concept of Sruti in Indian Music." Juilliard School of Music.

 
14 December 1992

"Ragam and Scale: A Comparison." Juilliard School of Music.

 
25 March 1991

"The Unwritten Elements in the Transcription of Indian Music." Hunter College.

 

Nadopasana Thodupuzha

  • The first communique on Nadopasana (May 1986). Page 1. Page 2.
  • Paper report on the ocassion of the 10th annniversary. Deepika daily, Tuesday, 15 July 1997, Page 10.
  • Palackal, Joseph J. 2012. Nadopasana Thodupuzha: Twenty-five years of Leadership in Music. Prepared for the Silver Jubilee celebrations. See Brochure . See Invitation
  • Dr. Joseph J. Palackal speaks about the starting of Nadopasana, Thodupuzha, 12 August 2012.
  • Speech by Dr. Joseph J. Palackal on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Nadopasana, Thodupuzha, 12 August 2012.
  • Down the memory lane on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Nadopasana, Thodupuzha, 12 August 2012.
    Selected stage appearances

  • Performance of the Syriac chant Qambel maaran haan qurbānā at a concert organized by ComposersCollaborative, Inc., at Cornelia Street Cafe, in Manhattan, New York. 05 May 2013.

  • Performance of Syriac chants. Christliches indisches Fest (Christian Festival of India). Begegnungszentrum, Erlangen, Germany. 17 August 2009.

  • Performance of Christian devotional songs from India. The Consulate of India, New York, NY. 22 December 2008.

  • Selections from the Syriac Chant Repertory of the Syro-Malabar Church, India. Christian Festival of India. St. Stanislaus Kostka School Auditorium, Maspeth, NY. 09 August 2003.

  • Syriac Chants of the Syro-Malabar Church. North American Syriac Symposium IV "Syriac Christianity: Culture at the Crossroads." Princeton University. 09 July 2003.

  • Bhajan Sandhya. Bishop Molloy Center, Jamaica Plains, NY. 19 May 2003.

  • "Chant in India: Two Traditions." St. Stephen and Incarnation Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C. 09 May 1998.

  • Christian Bhajans. Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center, NY. 29 May 1997.

  • Guest appearance in eight shows in the OffBroadway show, "NUNSENSE." Douglas Fairbanks Theater, NY. June 1990.


    Christianity in India through art


    Oral history project


    Studies on Joseph J. Palackal
    1. Bonnie Bost: `Joseph J. Palackal: Preserver and Promoter of Christian Music in India', Submitted to Dr. Paul Neeley as a partial fulfilment for the requirements of the course `Anthropology of Music', Department of Ethnomusicology, Bethel University, Ellijay, Georgia, 27 April 2008.


    Scholarships / Awards / Honorary mention

    1. Fr.Antony Urulianickal, C.M.I., Director of Nadopasana welcomes Dr. Joseph J. Palackal, Founder Director to the Silver Jubilee Anniversary Celebration on 12 August 2012.

    2. Honorable mention in Ethnomusicology, vol. 48, no. 2 (Spring/Summer 2004), p. 283.

    3. Hewitt Pantaleoni Prize for the best student paper presented at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (MACSEM) Conference, February 22, 1997.

    4. Rosa Riegelman Heintz Scholarship in Music, Hunter College, 1995.

    5. National Dean's List (USA), 1991-92.

    6. T. K. N. Menon Prize (Psychology) for securing the First Rank in the Maharajah Sayajirao University of Baroda, 1984.

    7. Compliments from Cardinal Joseph Parecattil for the Christian Bhajans LP record. 24 September 1979.

    8. National Merit Scholarship, Bangalore University, 1974.

    Interviews / Speeches / Press reports

  • Press reports
    1. Eric Jankiewicz: "Maspeth Priest Resurrecting Ancient Language", The Courier Sun, 17 April 2014. PDF ; The Queens Courier, 17 April 2014. PDF-Print Edition | PDF-Internet Edition

    2. Andrew Shilling: "St. Stan's pastor to screen film on Aramaic language", Queens Ledger, 23 April 2014. PDF-Print Edition | PDF-Internet Edition

    3. Major Archbishop George Cardinal Alencherry. "Koottaymayute prakaashana wediyaayi Washington, D. C. theerthadanam" (The Washington, D. C. Pilgrimage became an occasion for highlighting the unity [of the Church]). Sunday Shalom, Deepika, 29 September 2014. PDF

    4. Deepika 12 August 2012

    5. Holly Tsang: 'East meets West', Queens Ledger, 17 November 2009. PDF

    6. V. Kaladharan: `Demystifying a Musical Tradition', The Hindu, 3 November 2006. PDF

    7. G.A : 'Singing priest cuts two discs', The City Tab, Bangalore, 4 November 1979.



  • Interviews
    1. Dr. Joseph J. Palackal speaks about his famous devotional song, "Hrudayathaalamenthi", composed by Fr. Antony Urulianickal, C.M.I. Interviewed by Fr. Jaison Puttanal, C.M.I. for Living Faith channel on 07 August 2012.

    2. Interview on Vatican Radio by Fr. William Nellickal Part 1 and Part 2, 19 March 2010.


  • Speeches
    1. Speech on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Nadopasana, Thodupuzha, 12 August 2012.

    2. Speech on the occasion of the first Christmas celebrations at the Indian Consulate, New York, 22 December 2008.

    3. Speech on the occasion of the release of the film `Kerala, the Cradle of Christianity in South Asia' at Kerala House, New Delhi, 2 August 2008, organised by the Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala.

    4. Speech on the occasion of the 37th Annual National Catholic Development Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 4 October 2005.




    Letters and Personal Communications
    1. Communication between Dr. Joseph 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.

    2. Correspondence between Joseph J. Palackal and Fr.Varghese Pathikulangara C.M.I.

    3. Correspondence between Bishop Jacob Angadiath and Joseph J. Palackal and Bishop Paul Chittilappily regarding the Syro Malabar Qurbana in English

    4. Letters of commission and approval of the music of the English version of the Syro-Malabar Qurbana, composed by Dr. Joseph J. Palackal and George Thaila.



    Travels


    Family and childhood
    Personal motto

    "Being different is the way to be"




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