Nadopasana

Choral Music

Promotion of the choral style of music is the trademark of Nadopasana. Nadopasana made its debut on July 16, 1986 with a solemn and spell-binding presentation of liturgical songs at the Carmel Monastery Church, Vazhakkulam. The occasion was the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The choir, which consisted of 70 singers and 3 musical instruments, under the direction of Fr. Joseph Palackal surprised the worshippers with the affective power of human voice in communal singing. That unforgettable experience set the tone for the future course of Nadopasana as a concept. The singers came together again to use the same idiom of choral singing for the celebration of India’s Independence Day on August 15, and at the Pushpamela (flower show) at Thodupuzha on November 19, 1986. Encouraged by the public and the media response, and supported by such connoisseurs as Dr. Joseph Chazhikadan (1930-1998), 3
Nadopasana presented a unique Christmas Spectacular on December 23, 1986, in which 300 singers and 50 dancers performed simultaneously on two sides of the same stage. This unprecedented programme changed for ever the musical landscape of Thodupuzha. The mission of promoting the choral style of singing continues today through the choir leaders who receive training at Nadopasana.

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