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A cherished moment for Mapilapattu aficionados
Mapilapattu lovers in the district witnessed a rare moment of repatriation on Thursday when veteran ethnomusicologist Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy from the University of California, Los Angeles, brought to them a collection of songs recorded in 1938.
“Repatriation to the point of origin is the best thing we can do,” said Prof. Amy after playing 30-odd Mapila songs recorded at Mamburam, Parappanangadi, Malappuram and Pullangode Estate in April 1938.
Those songs had been recorded by Dutch ethnomusicologist Arnold Adriaan Bake during his musical explorations in Malabar.
The audience comprising historians, researchers, students, mediapersons and Mapilapattu aficionados listened bemusedly as the original songs captured from German Tefi vintage machines unfurled before them. Prof. Amy explained the subalternity of the rare collection she introduced before curious crowd at PSMO College, Tirurangadi. The college’s History Department arranged the session titled ‘Tunes and times: musical voyages across the Indian Ocean’ in association with the Ethnomusicology Department of California University.
The elite crowd comprising Mapila researchers such as Faizal Elettil, Kamal Pasha, Firos Babu, Faizal Kanmanam, and Rauf listened carefully as Prof. Amy played the audio tracks and some videos of Mapilapattu and Kolkali recorded during the Raj.
Historian P.P. Abdul Razak, Head of the Department of History, PSMO College, supplied additional commentary.
He explained many nuances that Prof. Amy wasn’t aware of.
Some of the songs recorded at Mamburam were eulogizing the Sufi saint of Mamburam Sayed Alavi Mouladdaveela. Some Quranic recital and a Nikah sermon in Arabic too were included in the collection.
The session also saw the screening of a documentary tracing the Sidi music in India: From Africa to India – Sidi music in the Indian Ocean Diaspora.
The documentary was produced by Prof. Amy and her husband.
Source: The Hindu
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