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Christmas Carols from Dalit Perspectives

 

Christmas Carols from Dalit Perspectives

Christmas Carols from Dalit Perspectives

 

On 6th November  2012, the NCCI Commission on Dalits along with the support of the Department of Communication of United Theological College, Bangalore and Evangelisches Missionswerk (EMW), Germany brought out a CD entitled “Carols, Unheard”.  Releasing the same, Rev. Dr. John Samuel Raj, the Principal of the United Theological College, praised the effort saying, “It is a novel as well as challenging project to bring out Christmas carols from Dalit perspectives”. 

 

Rev. Dr. Vincent Rajkumar, the Director of the CISRS, Bangalore, while receiving the first copy of the CD quoted from a Tamil song which says, ‘We do not have Christmas this year, because we cannot see the stars. We cannot see stars because the fumes from the factories nearby make the atmosphere cloudy’.

 

Miss Sunita Suna, the Regional Secretary of the World Students Christian Federation, Asia-Pacific Region, in her felicitation speech, highlighted the importance of disseminating these songs to the masses.

 

The CDs recorded with the help of the students and Rev. Fr. Jerry Kurian, head of Communication Department of United Theological College, showcase original carols from Dalits perspectives in English and vernacular languages. These songs are available free along with the lyrics on the following websites:

http://soundcloud.com/commission-on-dalits-ncci

http://www.nccindia.in/

 

Rev. Dr. Roger Gaikwad, the General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in India, while appreciating the initiative, calls upon churches to use these Christmas Carols.  Furthermore, he encourages all to compose similar carols in vernacular languages and sing them.  Thus we will evolve indigenous and relevant Christmas carols in the Indian context. 

 

 

Rev. Sunil Raj Philip,

Executive Secretary,

Commission on Dalits,

National Council of Churches in India,

 

Nagpur

8.11.2012