Call Number : PER-14

Dr. Joseph J. Palackal C.M.I.

Letters and Personal Communications

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1 20 Dec 2022

Subject: Hudra Kid

Dear Joseph Palackal Acha,

I am a follower of your youtube channel. I came across a teenager in NJ who does all the Yama prayers in actual Syriac by following Hudra. May be its a good idea, if you prefer to bring him on your channel as an inspiration for young kids. Surprisingly he learned Syriac on his own.


2 8 Nov 2022

Subject: A question regarding Raza

Dear Fr. Joseph,

I hope you are doing well! I write to you with so much appreciation and gratefulness for the hard work that you have put into preserving our very own Syriac chants and prayers. Ever since high school, when I came to the knowledge of the roots of our Church, I have been so fascinated by the Syriac language. This consequently resulted in trying to find as many resources online to learn more Syriac and our liturgy and practices.
In Aramaic Project-71, in the interview with Fr. Varghese Mattathil, a recording of the Raza celebrated in Syriac by Fr. George Plathottam was briefly mentioned. Would you by any chance know where I can find a copy of this recording? I have been so eager to hear the Raza in Syriac.
Out of curiosity, I wish to ask: Do you think that in the near future we can see the Raza being celebrated again in our Syriac language? Just like Qurbanas are being celebrated once in a while in Syriac.

Remember me in Your prayers Acha,

In Christ,
Joel Sanil


3. 9 Oct 2022

Dear Fr Palackal, 

Thank you for your response. I tried proquest but it offers only a preview of 24 pages. I am right now in Delhi. Therefore, once I get back home, I will collect it. I have been following the activities of CMS for a while now and I really adore them as well. 

I have quite a few ideas to work on and I am yet to settle on one. Initially, I was focusing on the folk Christian music of the Latin Christians and its evolution. But lately, I found liturgical music, and its vernacularization quite interesting. Also how music and chanting traditions were used as mediums of contestation between various sects of Kerela Christianity appears quite appealing to me. Therefore, as of now, I am focused on reading secondary works, so that I can find the aptest topic.

Also, I would like to request any book suggestions on the theoretical aspects of music in Christianity.


4. 23 June 2022

Zacharias P. Thundy's email communication to Fr. Joseph J. Palackal CMI regarding the interpretation of old Christian mantra - MARANATHA

Also view the Eassy By Zacharias P. Thundy on MARANATHA



5. 29 Jan 2022

Subject - 5th LRC Webinar (60th LRC Seminar) Paper Presentation by Dr. Joseph J. Palackal CMI held on 28 Jan 2022

Dear Loving Josephacha,
Congratulations dear Father ji. Your presentation was excellent yesterday. It was really a different experience for me and also for all the participants of the webinar. We could enjoy your deep knowledge and vast excellence in Syriac music. Thank you very much for your cooperation with LRC and we expect more cooperation from you in future. This article will be included in the Second volume of the book on "the History of St. Thomas christians before 1500 AD", envisioned by LRC. More details regarding the matter will be communicated to you later.

With Love and Regards
Fr. Joji Kallingal
Executive Director, LRC



28 Jan 2022

Subject - 5th LRC Webinar (60th LRC Seminar) Paper Presentation by Dr. Joseph J. Palackal CMI held on 28 Jan 2022

Dear Fr Joseph,

Congratulations for your scholarly paper presentation. It is indeed a great tribute to our CMI legacy, which is not properly taken care of by us. However, you are an exception. All the best for your innovative research.
With regards,

Prof. Dr. Francis Thonippara, CMI
Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram
Dharmaram College, P.O , Bangaluru



6. .26 Jan 2022

Subject: Christmas Card

Hello Fr, Joseph

The Christmas card you sent us with the image of the Blessed Mother and the Infant Jesus is beautiful. The written description on the back, which you authored, was wonderful to read. And, that it came from your home town in India is even more wonderful. You are truly a scholar! Thank you for the card and blessings.

We hope you are well and safe during these unusual times in which we live. We hope pray we will all have a peaceful, healthy and happy 2022.

John & Theresa Poganik

7. 5 Dec 2021

Subject - Congrats on your Paper


Wonderful. How learned and profound! I just read or reread it from among my Google document archives. Now that you may read my similarly profound books on Nazrani Brahmins, you will have fun. That is all I can and will say.
All the best to you and continued success in your work now that my days are really numbered.

Zacharias P Thundy

8. 2 Dec 2021

Subject - Request for the painting - The Holy Family, c. 1620s, Northern India, Mughal The Cleveland Museum of Art Cleveland, Ohio

Thank you for your request. In 2019, The Cleveland Museum of Art launched its Open Access initiative to the world. This policy with Creative Commons Zero (CC0) means the public now has the ability to share, remix, and reuse 37,000 high-resolution images of CMA artworks for scholarly, commercial, and noncommercial purposes. Additionally, information on more than 61,000 artworks —both those in the public domain and those with copyright or other restrictions—is also now available. The Open Access initiative brings CMA’s mission “For the Benefit of All the People, Forever” into the digital age.

James Kohler
Department Coordinator


Mugal Madonna -Painting

9. 24 Nov 2021

Subject - Paper on Father Abel.

I read your paper on Father Abel. It is a very professional and well-informed presentation. Congratulations.

Zacharias P Thundy

10. 24 Nov 2021

Subject - Interview for Sacred Music Class

This is Maritta from the Propria team. Hope you are in good spirits, it has been a while since we last met for the musical discussion on the Propria. I am currently finishing up my Masters in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. My class this semester is on Sacred Music. As part of my final paper, I have to write about a composer of sacred music. I was wondering if could write about you. I already got approval from my professor to interview you. May I please interview you next week at your convenience please father? The earlier the better. I hope it is alright with you. I am estimating the interview time to be less than 1 hr. Can you also re-send the article you sent me a while back and any other writings on music you may have, so that I can refer to them in my final paper. The paper will be brief- about 5 pages, double spaced, and I will email you a copy once it is done. Please let me know,

Maritta Martin
11. 10 Feb, 2021 Trust you are doing well. I hope you remember me from our previous chats. I am writing this after attending the DVK webinar on liturgical music. It was a pleasure listening to you, although I wish you were given more time...... Pdf
12. Jan 17, 2021 You made history ... Letter of appreciation to Fr. Benny Nalkara CMI regarding the Remembrance Day (16 Jan) of Palackal Thoma Malpan held at St. Mary's Forane Church Pallippuram on Jan 16, 2021 Pdf
13 Dec 19, 2020 Journal of Christian Musicology: Appointment as one of our Editorial Advisers

Pdf , Emails

14 Dec 9, 2020 Documenting George Nedungatt's life story Email
15 Dec 1, 2020 Email comment sent by Jerin P Joju expressing interest in learning East Syriac traditions. comment
16 Sept 26, 2019 Letter to Joseph Thekkedath Puthenkudy Letter
17 Nov 18, 2018 Email comment on the invitation to the feast of Saint Chavara at St. Anthony's parish on Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, on email
18. 11 Jan, 2018 Letter of recommendation to Michael Heanver on behalf of Prof. Rolf Groesbeck, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Letter of recommendation
19. 23 May, 2015 Dr. Isaac Arickappalil comments on Dr. Joseph J. Palackal's Chavara Endowment Lecture at the Chavara Institute in Rome. comments
20. 21 July, 2014 Dr. Saju Chackalackal, President of DVK compliments Dr. Joseph J. Palackal on his Denha Endowment Lecture at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram


21. 8 Sept, 2014 Letter from Dr. George Nedungatt, S.J. (8 September 2014) with comments on the Danha Endowment Lecture at Dharmaram Vidya Kshethram. Letter-Page 1, Page 2
22. 2 Sept, 2014 Invitation from Monique Ingalls, Baylor University, to speak at Oxford, UK Conference. Invitation
23. 13 Nov 2014 Correspondence with Bishop Joseph Kallarangatt regarding a celebration of Syriac solemn Qurbana in Rome in connection with the music conference on Eastern musical traditions, organized by Notre Dame University Pdf
24. 7 Sept, 2013 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, Communication
25. 10 July, 2013 Correspondence between Joseph J. Palackal and Fr.Varghese Pathikulangara C.M.I. Correspondence
26. 12 May, 2011 Letter to Fr. Jaison Mulerikkal, CMI (Gowrie, Australia) regarding the legitimacy of the composition of the Solemn High Mass of the Syro Malabar Church. PDF
27. 12 April 2010 Letter from Bill Moyers, PBS, Public Television station, New York, Letter
28. 16 Feb, 2010 Communication with Prof. R. C. Mehta regarding Prof. N. V. Patwardhan ( M.S. University, Baroda) Pdf



25 Sept, 2006

29 Dec, 2005

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. Letters of commission and approval
30. 13 Feb, 2006 Correspondence between Bishop Jacob Angadiath and Joseph J. Palackal and Bishop Paul Chittilappily regarding the Syro Malabar Qurbana in English Correspondence
31. 18 Aug, 2005 Email from Dr. Prasant, CMI with appreciative comments on the doctoral dissertation. 18 August 2005. Email from Dr. Prasant, CMI
32. 31 Jan, 2001 Emmnuel Thelly's Letter on the Kottayam Cross Letter
33.   Emmanuel Thelly's Letter on Lā tekre lāk . Letter
34. 14 Feb, 2000 John Kalliath's reply to Joseph J. Palackal's inquiry on the current practice of singing Puthen Pana among the Orthodox Christians of Kerala. John Kalliath dedicated his life and resources for preserving the legacy of Arnos Pathiri ( Hanxleden). Letter Page 1 |
Letter Page 2 |
(Letters in Pdf format)
35. 15 Dec, 1997 Letter from Fr. Abel Periyappuram, CMI to Fr. Joseph Palackal, CMI . Letter

Fr. Abel Periyappuram, CMI
Creator of a Syriac Music Genre in Malayalam
( Refer RR-167)

Article by - Dr. Joseph Palackal , . It includes the above letter as a reference .

36. 15 March, 1995 Joseph J. Palackal's letter to late Easi Joseph, a veteran actor in Chavittunatakam dance drama. The letter mentions several issues that could be pursued upon by future researchers of this unique theater form of Kerala :Letter
37. 19 July, 1992 Letter from the producers of the Broadway show, Falsettos, inviting to attend a performance in preparation for appearing in a television commercial letter
38. 4 Jan, 1992 Letter from the Television channel of the Brooklyn Diocese Letter
38. 13 Feb, 2006 Letter From fr. Joseph Palackal to Mar Jacob Angadiath Letter