THE ARAMAIC PROJECT



TO RESUSCITATE AN INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF HUMANITY

By

Dr. Joseph J. Palackal

A program to honor, cherish, and preserve the unparalleled legacy of an ancient language and music tradition that are part of the history of India, and an intangible treasure in the world’s cultural heritage .

Dedicated to :

  ܐܲܠܟܣܲܢܕܪܘ̇ ̇ܣ ܗܸܢܕܘܝܐ

Alexander the Indian (1588-1677)
 

Inspired By :

ܦܵܠܲܝܟܲܠ ܬܵܐܘܡܵܐ ܡܲܠܦܵܢ

Palackal Thoma Malpan (1780-1841)
Introduction

The Aramaic (Syriac) language in which Jesus and His disciples preached the Gospel reached South India in the early Christian era. Until the 1960s, the St. Thomas Christians in Kerala, who trace the origin of their faith to St.Thomas the Apostle, celebrated liturgy in this language. Since the vernacularization of the liturgy, the language and the melodies are on the path to extinction in the Syro Malabar Church (3.25 million members)....

Purpose & action plan

The Aramaic project is a part of a larger plan of a digital library of Christian music in India under the auspices of the Christian Musicological Society. This library will be beneficial to the general public, as well as academic departments that specialize in such topics as South Asian and West Asian studies, Indology, musicology, anthropology, theology, religion, Church history, Syriac Christianity, liturgy, and linguistics....

Dedication

This website is dedicated to Fr. Chandy Kadavil (1588-1677), a great son of India and a celebrated St. Thomas Christians from Kaduthuruthy, in central Kerala. He was also known by his nickname in Syriac, “Alaksandros hendwāyā” Alexander the Indian. Fr. Kadavil was a great scholar, orator, and a prominent leader of the St. Thomas Christians. He lived at a tumultuous period in the history of the St. Thomas Christians,, who reacted vehemently ....

Source of Inspiration

The source of inspiration for the Aramaic project is the life story of the saintly Palackal Thoma Malpan (Pālackal Tōmmā Malpān, circa 1780-1841), my collateral ancestor, a teacher and scholar of the Syriac language and liturgy, founder of the first seminary of the Syriac Christians in India, founder of the first indigenous religious congregation for men in India (see video), and a father to the Syro Malabar Church......

PROJECT CO-ORDINATORS

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Dr. Joseph J. Palackal

Founder

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Felix Simon
Co-Founder

 

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Jarley Mathew
Research Associate

 

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Joseph Puthenkudy
Research Assistant

 

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Rosy Kurian
Field Work Coordinator

 

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Sherin Joseph
Project Coordinator

 

Latest Videos

Archbishop Mar Aprem Mookkan

Aramaic Project is entering into phase II with this informative conversation with Archbishop Mar Aprem Mookkan, Head of the Assyrian Church of the East.
SYRIAC & ARABIC CONFLUENCE OF CULTURES IN KERALA.

Prof. M. N. Karassery and Rev. Dr. Joseph J. Palackal in a spirited conversation. 

Did St. Thomas come to India ?


Dr. Joseph J. Palackal & Mr. Cyriac Scaria Houston, Texas. Dr. Joseph J. Palackal reveals historical facts of St. Thomas and Christianity based on the CNN Documentary DOUBTING THOMAS.

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AUDIO TRACKS

Qambel Maran
Syriac Chants from South India - CD

Chants in Syriac (Aramaic) from the Chaldean liturgy of the Syro-Malabar Church of the St. Thomas Christians. 

Solemn Syriac Qurbana 
Fr. George Nellikkatt

This recording of the solemn Syriac Qurbana in the golden voice of a celebrated singer, Fr. George Nellikkatt (1935-2006)

Theshbohtha
Rev. Fr. Varghese Mattathil


Collection of Syriac Chants from Solemn Syriac Qurbana Celebrant - Rev. Fr. Varghese Mattathil. Produced By Archdiocese of Changanacherry

TESTIMONIALS

This was one of the most memorable moments of this Qurbana! To hear the words of consecration in the language of our Lord... It felt like I was there on the night of Passover with the disciples.
There is nothing more heartening than seeing one's efforts bearing fruit and I'm sure Rev Palackal Kathanar would have felt so , interviewing Sophia Chirayil.
Thank you for the English captions....so appreciated by your English speaking followers...the chants, always soul reaching, are more meaningful.
A belated note to say thank you for your most interesting talk and video recording which you presented to CWC at SOAS last Monday evening.