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Music and its Contribution

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Music has always been a panacea, to sooth our emotions and feelings.   It has been used to express our innermost thoughts, towards our loved ones.   It is a medium that is used to communicate our spoken words.

Every region has had their own ways of expressing in music, and the forms that have taken shape, are varied, and appreciated by the ones who are closely associated with them.   Thus West has developed its own genres, and the East has its own, but until recently rarely they have met.

Personal likes and dislikes have kept these apart, but historically, they have influenced one another.   In my opinion, India was the land from where the scale, the rhythms and dance originated, and spread through human contact.    When Alexander came he must have taken some of these traditions back to Greece, from where they moved to Italy, and Europe.

We find, the early Greek modes were like the Raagas in India, and later in the 13th century once the organ was discovered, and with it the capabilities of harmony, many of these modes became less used, and only with two modes the harmony developed, and in the classical period it flowered and for some unknown reason, most of these classical composers came around the 15th to the 18th century, and with the first world war, this momentum was stopped, and with the new masters, who were mostly interested in commercial gain, popular music became prevalent, and classical music took back seat.   Yet, it refuses to go.

The post world war world, has seen upheavals, and meeting of nations, and with it the cultures have crossed boundaries, and fused with one another, and with it Music too has taken its share.

Somehow, I have a close affinity to western harmony, and have used it as my medium, by choice, and I know well, that I may be considered stuck in the past.   But not everything in the past is bad, and to be discarded.   It has its own good points, and perhaps, you will discover from my latest addition to my website, "Meditation Music" which is the latest category, under Catholic Church Music.

I request you to have a look, and may be you too will like it.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 September 2015 11:10


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O THOU WHO THROUGH CREATION  a Eucharistic Hymn composed in 1938 for the Indian Eucharistic Congrfess    Link:


Beneath the Outward Form of Bread, an old hymn to the Eucharist we sang as children.  Link:


Sweet Heart of Jesus, Fount of Love and Mercy, a hymn I learnt in my school as a youngster of  eight !  Link;


Sweet Savior Bless us ere we go    Link


For more sacred videos  click here

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 April 2015 10:17

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This website makes an attempt to offer you recipes primarily from Mangalore, who originally migrated from Goa. So we have very many similarities.

Our mothers and grand mothers perfected Mangalorean cooking. However, the memory of the taste of these foods they prepared is fast being forgotten with new trends in the food industry,

For those, who are enterprising and interested in trying a variety of dishes, and those who are longing for their home food, this site may prove useful.

Being a Catholic brought up in that milieu, I have absorbed many values, which I like to share with those with similar interests.   I believe, the food is needed for the growth of the body, but there is also a spirit within us, which needs sustenance.   I wish to share the unique gift of music, which I have dedicated to my Maker,  and added it under the component: Catholic Church Music which can be freely used by our visitors, if they like it.

I have also included a Text Book to learn Music, and its script.   One generally does not realize its importance, with the modern recording and play back tools that are available.   But not all music is recorded, and the older music, is retained in the memory, and some have been good enough to write it in notation, which is the only way, to render music which is two dimensional, i.e. it is based on time and tonal pitch.   The lyrics can be written in spoken languages, but the music can not be. That is why, through a process of trial and error, the script was developed over 8 centuries, and the greatest of music that has come from the human mind, is available only in this form.

Thus the whole reason of this website, is to share what we have with others.   What we received from our ancestors, and which they gave us, because of their love for their children, we should also pass it on to the next generation.   I hope this tradition of sharing will go on, as years roll by and old faces disappear from the scene.

I would appreciate any feedback so please feel free to email me. Also I would like it if you gave your comments about the recipes and music on this site. Most recipes and music pages allow you to post your comments. So if you've had a chance to try the recipes or listen to the music, I would love to hear from you.

Thank You.

Walter Pais




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