Directory of Malayalam Christian Songs
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അരൂപാ മഹാത്മാ
Arūpā Mahātmā

CMSI Ref. Number 009-015
Title Arūpā Mahātmā
അരൂപാ മഹാത്മാ
Language Malayalam
Author of text Dr.Thomas Kochumuttom, C.M.I.
Composer of melody Fr.Thomas Kandathil, C.M.I.
Performer(s) Joseph Palackal

Source text

Christian Bhajans

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Typesetting by Sherin Joseph
Recordings DCS-264 Aroopa Mahathma'. Track 1 of Christian Bhajans, LP Record in Malayalam.
Comments Dr. Thomas Kochumuttom, CMI, wrote these four-line lyrics as a chant before the proclamation of the Gospel in the “Indian Liturgy” at Dharmaram College, Bengaluru, in the early 1970s. Fr. Thomas Kandathil, CMI (1942-2012), composed it in Mohana ragam and taught me. I used to be a regular participant in the Indian liturgy and used to sing this chant. Later we sang this and other chants onto a cassette recorder for non-commercial dissemination. In 1978, I decided to use this chant for the opening track in the LP record of Christian Bhajans. Fr. Kochumuttam compressed the gist of Indian philosophy in these four lines: knowledge (Vidya) as the supreme goal of the human search for the ultimate reality, “awidya” (lack of knowledge) as darkness that should be destroyed, and the search for the divine light that will abolish darkness. All in all, it sounded like an appropriate invocation for an LP of Christian Bhajans. Prof. Pratapkumar J. Toliya made the music arrangement and supervised the recording at the H. M. V. studio at Gemini, Chennai. The famous sound engineer, Raghunathan, did the recording. .. Read More

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