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Call Number : DCS-268

Homage to a Guru - Dr. Francis Vineeth Vadakkethala, CMI

Song - Kristum kanyāsutam vande (क्रिस्तुं कन्या सुतं वन्दे)
Song - Jyothi Jyothi (ജ്യോതി ജ്യോതി)
  • Album - Kristu Sahasra Nāmam by Chevalier. I. C. Chacko
  • Track No. - 1
  • Call Number - MA-SAN-03-DCS-027
  • Music - Anto Amarnad, C.M.I.
  • Original Text - From the Poetry "Kristusahasranamam" written by Chevalier I. C. Chacko
  • Lyrics Text selected translated and introduced by - Dr. Francis Vineeth CMI
  • Language - Sanskrit
  • Singers - Fr. Joseph Palackal & Indumathi Ephraim



Dr. Francis Vadakkethala, CMI was an intellectual giant who chose the name Vineeth, which in Sanskrit means humble. The name defined his self-understanding that matched with his public persona. Fr. Vineeth drew inspiration equally from the Bible and the Bhagavat Gita. He had an unusual intellectual acumen to explain Semitic thoughts in Sanskrit terms. The best example is the lyrics that he wrote for the LP record, Christian Bhajans, Jyothi Jyothi. The lyrics are a simple exegesis to the prologue in St. John’s gospel. Toward the latter part of his academic life, Dr. Vineeth broke away from the status quo and started an Ashram movement at Vidyavanam Ashram at Bennarghatta in the outskirts of Bengaluru. Fr. Vineeth was comfortable with bridging India and Christianity. I. C. Chacko’s Kristu Sahasra Namam was his favorite poem. Fr. Vineeth appreciated Chacko’s poetic genius to compress layers of ideas in a few Sanksrit slokas. It was Fr. Vineeth’s interest that led to the commercial release of Kristu Sahasra Namam in the musical setting of his student, Dr. Anto Amarnad, in 1985 and a rerelease of the same in a CD format in 2014. Christian Musicological Society is honored to pay prayerful homage to Dr.Vineeth.

Joseph J. Palackal, CMI
New York
1 June 2021

Keywords - Christian Devotional Songs, Sanskrit Christian Songs, Classic Sanskrit Song, Kristu Sahasranamam, Thousand Names of Christ, Chevalier. I. C. Chacko, Anto Amarnad CMI, Deccan Studios Bangalore, Fr. Joseph Palackal & Indumathi Ephrem, Dharmaram College Bengaluru, Dr. Francis Vineeth Vadakkethala CMI, Fr. Francis Vineeth CMI , Carmelites Of Mary Immaculate,Vineeth Vadakkethala,CMI, Vidyavanam , Bangaluru, Joseph Palackal, India & Christianity, Indian Philosophy, Indian Christianity, Indian Music, Christian Music, Christian Musicology ,Christian Bhajans,

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