Thursday, May 6, 2010
Churches in India are using local customs,traditions and practices to blend with the local population and identify themselves as truly Indian.There was a time when the Holy Mass was said in Latin and later on it was changed to vernacular.Similarly Churches have installed flag masts such as the ones that we find in Hindu temples made of wood,copper or brass.They also light oil lamps made of brass as done in Hindu temples.
Recently the Church to which I belong,St.Antony's Church,celebrated St.Antony's feast and engaged a Singara Melam group to entertain us after the mass in the evening. The unique thing about Singara Melam which is of Kerala origin and style, is not only the beat but also the various formations they make while beating the drums to a lovely loud sound which reaches a crescendo toward the end.
You can go to You Tube or google- Singara Melam- to see the sight,steps and hear the sound.See at least two or three videos to get a fairly good idea.Enjoy yourselves.
I understand ladies are forming Singara Melam groups and they are drawing a huge audience.Best wishes:)