Call Number : CMSI-209
Kerala, the Cradle of Christianity in South Asia
The Cultural Interface of Religion and Music -(DVD)
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Kerala, the Cradle of Christianity in South Asia: The Cultural Interface of Religion and Music (DVD)
|CMSI Ref Number||CMSI-AL-MV-001|
|Title||Kerala, the Cradle of Christianity in South Asia: The Cultural Interface of Religion and Music (DVD)|
1 Digital Video Disc (DVD) ; English / 34 minutes
|Script & Narration||Joseph J. Palackal|
|Screenplay, cinematography & direction:||Jain Joseph FTII|
|Title music & background score:||John P. Varkey|
Christian Musicological Society of India (CMSI)
In collaboration with
|Additional Details|| Research consultants: A. Mathias Mundadan, CMI, and George Menachery.
Copyright: © 2008 Joseph J. Palackal
Sample cuttings on youtube.com
Internet movie database
Invitation for the release ceremony
Speech on the occasion by Joseph J. Palackal
The six million Christians in Kerala, on the southwest coast of India, follow a variety of liturgical and musical traditions some of which date back to the early Christian era. This film explores the historical embeddedness of these traditions that came about as a result of the region's commercial, cultural, and religious interactions with the Middle East, Europe, and America.
The narrative follows the events that led to the introduction of the Chaldean, Antiochene, Roman Catholic, Anglican, and other liturgies along with the musical styles associated with them. Over the centuries, these styles have become an integral part of the musical mosaic of Kerala. A renewed attempt in the recent past to interpret Christianity in Indian terms has contributed to adaptations of semi-classical and bhajan styles of music into Christian worship. The film documents excerpts from the current practice of chants in East Syriac, West Syriac, Latin, Sanskrit, English, and Malayalam. The film also showcases a unique performance context in which Hindu instrumental ensembles share space in a church festival, indicating the extent of religious harmony that exists in the region; the festival includes several ritual elements that the Portuguese missionaries introduced in the sixteenth century.
Drawing attention to the lesser known aspects of the religious, musical, and linguistic complexity of the region, the film presents Kerala as a potential field for inquiries in an emerging area of scholarship on Christian music in India.
|Film Release||The film was released on Aug 2, 2008 at Kerala House in Delhi. The Department of Tourism of the Government of Kerala organized the function. Mr. Amit Kant I. A. S. received the first copy of the DVD from Honorable Cyriac Joseph, Justice of the Supreme Court of India. Picture Event Invitation|
|Reviews||Fr. Mark Woodruff, Vice Chairman, Society of St. John Chrysostom, London. 16 October 2013. PDF
Review by Alain Godbout, Nova Scotia, Canada, Email dated 15 May 2013.
Holly Tsang: 'East meets West', Queens Ledger, 17 November 2009. PDF
Joy Lukose, Malayalam Pathram (New York), vol. 10, no. 40 (14 October 2009), p. 12.
|DVD Track samples||Part 01 | Part 02 | Part 03 | Part 04 | Part 05 | Part 06 | Part 07 | Part 08 | Part 09 | Part 10 | Part 11 | Part 12 | Part 13 | Part 14 | Part 15|
|Aramaic Project Segments||Aramaic Project 274 | Aramaic Project 274_SR1 | | Aramaic Project 274_SR2 ||