Directory of Malayalam Christian Songs
മലയാളം ക്രിസ്‌തീയ ഗാനങ്ങളുടെ - നാമാവലിപ്പട്ടിക


CMSI Ref. Number MA-MAL-02-DCS-024
Title Jīwakiraṇamāy
Language Malayalam
Author of text Fr.Cherian Kunianthodath, C.M.I.
Composer of melody Ramakrishnashram
Performer(s) Joseph Palackal

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Christian Bhajans

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DCS-024 Christian Bhajan by Fr. Joseph J. Palackal, CMI (1979)

This chant's story is embedded in the history of a liturgical movement that Dharmaram College in Bengaluru spearheaded from 1964 to 1979. The staff and students attempted to inculturate the Christian faith by devising an "Indian liturgy" in Malayalam. The movement was part of celebrating Indian theology in worship. Accordingly, the liturgical vocabulary, rituals, and Indian classical music became the medium. Fr. Cherian Kunianthodath, CMI wrote the text of "Jeewa Kiranamay Vilangum" to a melody in use in the Ramkrishna Ashram in Bengaluru. The song became a part of the thanksgiving meditation after Communion. The serene melody in the popular North Indian rag Darbari Kanada created a meditative mood. The song became popular among those who attended the "Indian liturgy." ..... Read More

Dr. Joseph J. Palackal,CMI
New York
15 April 2021

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