A few of the songs are attributed to specific male composers, but most were anonymously composed.
Some are Jewish folksongs in the local Kerala style, populated with royal wedding processions, gold-clad brides with colorful flowers in their hair, an illustrious ancestor arriving by sea from Jerusalem in a wooden ship and rulers who donated land and materials for the building of grand synagogues.
Translation is complicated by the archaic language of many of the songs, the particularity of Jewish Malayalam and the textual transformations resulting from combined oral and written transmission.
Performed versions of more than sixty songs are preserved in field recordings, some dating from the late 1970s, and in recent studio recordings, all available in the sound archives of the Jewish Music Research Center at the Hebrew University. Ì¢âÂÒMusical Heritage,Ì¢âÂå The Hindu (Online edition of India's National Newspaper), . On the subject of Orthodox Jewish halakhah permitting men to hear women sing, see forthcoming article by Michael Makovi in the May 2010 issue of Conversations, the journal of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals.
The European Jews maintained some trade connections to Europe, and their language skills were useful. Spanish or Judeo-Spanish), in India they learned Judeo-Malayalam from the Malabar Jews.
After India gained its independence in 1947 and Israel was established as a nation, most Cochin Jews emigrated from Kerala to Israel in the mid-1950s.
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