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Hindi Hymnals Released at Sacred Heart Cathedral

Through the Indian Karnatak classical vocal music people can now learn Hindi church hymns. This is possible after the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) jointly with the High Commission of India
12 Feb 2017 13:39
Hindi Hymnals Released at Sacred Heart Cathedral
Karnatak Classical Vocal music teacher Angelina Christi (third from right) with members at the Sacred Heart Cathedral during the inauguration of Indian Karnatak classical vocal music yesterday. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

Through the Indian Karnatak classical vocal music people can now learn Hindi church hymns.

This is possible after the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) jointly with the High Commission of India introduced Indian Karnatak classical vocal music in local the churches for people to learn Hindi church hymns.

The inaugural event was held yesterday at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Crypt in Suva.

Karnatak Classical Vocal music teacher Angelina Christi said: “Today (yesterday) is a very historical moment for the churches of Fiji.

“The Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) and High Commission of India have Indian Karnatak Classical Vocal music that is traditional Indian classical music.

“This is for Hindi singing people, they can come and learn the traditional way of singing our Hindi hymns.”

Ms Christi said the Indian Karnatak Classical Vocal music classes will be held every Saturday from 2:30 to 4:30pm at the Cathedral of Sacred Heart Crypt at 63 Pratt Street in Suva. It is free of charge.

“Karnatak Classical music is purely devotional and it was based on Hindu gods and goddesses. I want to try and keep the lyrics in Hindi Bible Verses so that Christians can learn Hindi Hymns,” she said.

Methodist Church in Fiji, divisional superintendent Indian Division Reverend Immanuel Ruben said: “I feel very honoured and it would be great because I come from a singing family.

“This will really encourage our youth to keep their culture and keep Christian Bhajan (Hymns) in harmonious way and also our young children will continue with this legacy.”

Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, Vishvas Sapkal said: “All roads and paths go towards one direction though we choose different roads but the ultimate aim is truth and God.

“Music is one thing which unites everybody and Karnatak is a good stream of Classical Indian music.

“So we got this proposal to have this kind of programme which can sing Bible prayers in Karnatak Music.”

Mr Sapkal said registration had started and anyone could be a part of this class.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback:  shahani.mala@fijisun.com.fj



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