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Bhajans Part Of Praise Festival

The transformation of the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma continues with the inclusion of bhajans, or devotional songs, at this year’s Festival of Praise at Furnival Park in Toorak.
18 Aug 2015 10:44
Bhajans Part Of Praise Festival
Members of Centenary Women’s Choir at Furnival Park yesterday. Photo: Aqela Susu

The transformation of the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma continues with the inclusion of bhajans, or devotional songs, at this year’s Festival of Praise at Furnival Park in Toorak.

Normally sung during Hindu religious ceremonies, the songs now have an added Christian element to them.  It’s part of the church’s move to be more inclusive, a departure from the iTaukei ethnocentrism of the Methodist church’s controversial past.

The church’s secretary for communications Reverend James Bhagwan said one of the areas the church focused on this year was the inclusion of the various cultures at the conference.

The Rabi community will be performing traditional Banaban dances as part of today’s programme.

The church’s music coordinator Qalo Rokotakala was excited about the inclusive approach to the singing programme.

She was inspired by the participation of young singers at this year’s choir festival.

“It teaches me and reminds me of God’s love and greatness especially, in using these young people,” she said.

Veteran musician Saimoni Vuatalevu will also be singing in this category.

Feedback: aqela.susu@fijisun.com.fj

 

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