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Original Inhabitants of Bombay, Salsette & Thana.

Bottle Masala

East Indian Marathi Dance Medley - Indigenous to the Mumbai agglomeration, India for SATB and Ghumat Arr. Virgil Sequeira Sung in East Indian Marathi Language and the songs are about social life....

Posted by Greg DSouza on March 23, 2012 at 6:10 AM 14763 Views

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Reply Sharon Crasto
5:14 AM on April 2, 2016 
For authentic East Indian Bottle Masala and Vindalo Masala, you can get in touch with me on 9719729897.
Reply jean.monteiro
12:38 PM on February 8, 2016 
Hello, I am a big fan of the east indian bottle masala- that was introduced to me by a colleague a coupe of years ago. I usually get it from bandra , Mumbai. However this time i have a friend travelling from bangalore to US - who offered to be me anything i needed- would anyone know where in banagalore - id get teh "East Indian Bottle masala". The store name and address please. Please guide.
Reply Virgil Sequeira
12:48 AM on June 24, 2015 
Dear All,
Thank you for the appreciation.

For those who disapprove of the stage, here is a link that should make you appreciate the joy of sharing folk music.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=N11Sz0QCSCo

In my view spirituality is subjective and personal and I find God in music from any culture, time or style. And I would not go as far to judge your religious boundedness. I am an anthropologist and welcome you to think critically at traditions and practices.

Folk music, especially that of the lower castes, which was out of bounds in the colonial times and sadly, considered profane by many religious. It is important to know that colonial missionaries did take folk tunes and changed the words to attract indigenous people to church in India and South America (ref: Baroque music of South America). They also took their folk instruments like pan flutes to church. In India, they embraced the music and instruments of the Brahmins - tabla, harmonium etc and left out that which was closest to the people - the ghumat!

Even within the church, what was allowed as 'sacred' changed. From only allowing the human voice (acapella choirs) to allowing the pipe organ only as accompaniment and then moving to including folk instruments like the fiddle in the form of the violin family with horns and flutes finally. Today it is electronic instruments. Times change and definitions change. A rolling stone does not catch moss!
Reply Greg DSouza
9:56 PM on May 24, 2014 
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Reply collin
3:48 PM on May 22, 2014 
i want to noe more about old pople
Reply collin rodrigues
3:47 PM on May 22, 2014 
i want to now more about east indain song
Reply Greg DSouza
3:03 AM on May 18, 2014 
Well Matilda ,I had strongly disapproved the stage for this video. I informed Virgil Sequeira the composer to this effect. I posted this video on this site just to get comments from our communities. Many supported this 'seemingly popular' move. I opened a dialogue disapproving the very Stage set in the Church. Some tried to defend (including Mr Virgil Sequeira) & justify BUT I STRONGLY OPPOSED TO THIS BY QUOTING ARTICLES FROM 'DON BOSCO' MAGAZINE. I also gave my opinion .You can follow 'BOTTLE MASALA' comments dated 20th March 2012 onwards...to get an insight. I am glad that you have opened this topic & invite members to have their comments.Once again let me tell you Matilda that I entirely agree with you..God bless.....NB; Please be a member of this EI site with your credentials including a Photograph Thanks!
Reply Malita
10:26 PM on May 17, 2014 
Such a disgrace to our community, dance in the church? or is this a stage? What a disgrace, no reverence left in our hearts for Our Lord who is present in the tabernacle. Did you'll not find any other place to perform or have you'll abandoned Our Lord and the Devine Faith we believe in......... no likes from this East Indian.
Reply Greg DSouza
5:46 AM on July 19, 2013 
Hi Dinesh
No contravention...please..go with the popular sentiments and as you say... In the meantime ... let the Ghumat play... and sing your heart out...to the world maintaining our EI culture....
Reply Dinesh Dmello
7:02 PM on June 16, 2013 
Dear Greg, We often confuse Importance of something with it's usefulness. Only if we apply ourselves to its importance does it become useful. I would not look for something that is lost in a shop that sells light-bulbs just because it is bright there! I need to look for it where I lost it...
I see no wrong in performing in church - I have seen more disrespect bought to the faith by 'perfect' churchgoers living an opposite life once they are out of church compound.. If you live a good life then even your home is your church.
I see happy people performing in church in this video.... Happy people can truly sing praise to the Almighty... whatever the words may be, whatever the song may be..!!!
If you get a chance - read 'The Prayer of the Frog' by Fr. Anthony DeMello SJ. I hope it will help you as much as it helped me.
In the meantime ... let the Ghumat play... and sing your heart out.
Reply Melroy.Q.Moraes
3:15 AM on November 4, 2012 
I am an east indian {me east indain hai}
Reply Sellulose
4:33 AM on April 23, 2012 
I am blown by this performance. Thank you for making east Indians so proud.
Reply Greg DSouza
11:10 PM on April 13, 2012 
Decorum in Church
From St. Martin's Messenger, Ireland

Q Do we really realise that the Lord of Lords abides 24 hours day and night, a prisoner in the Tabernacle just for us?? People seem to have forgotten that there is an increasing lack of reverence for the Blessed Sacrament. MT G, Hamburg, Germany
The above is an abbreviatedVersion of your letter. I
understand your concern but I personally believe that the vast
majority of people who come to Church will not intentionally
behave in a way that is disrespectful to the Blessed
Sacrament. A few quiet words with a neighbour after Mass
cannot be classed as a lack of reverence. However we should
all remember that the church is 'a place of prayer' and people
should be allowed to pray in silence without distraction.
Silence facilitates dialogue with the Lord. In deference to those who wish to pray, those who, after Mass, wish to talk should try and do so in the porch or preferably outside the church doors and so allow others who want to pray to do so in peace.

Don Bosco's Madonna
April 2012 7
Reply Greg DSouza
10:27 PM on April 13, 2012 
The choir, musicians, the priests sermon, prayer dance, processions etc are all performed to worship, honour & glorify God .
Not much changed, musically speaking, in Christian churches until the end of the 20th century, when folk music and acoustic guitars began to 'find their way into worship services.' In the past five or ten years, contemporary Christian churches have led the way in bringing fresh and often electrified music to the worship experience. In the space of a decade, more has happened to change the face of church music than in the prior century. The church organ now shares the stage with electric guitars, amps, keyboards and ? drum kits.
All this is done to worship & not to display 'TALENTS' to God.
Well, the Church is a meeting place for the faithful.Yes indeed! Where two or more are gathered to experience spiritual interaction with God & NOT HUMANS.We Humans can meet & interact at marketplace,Malls etc.or any other place on Earth but NOT IN CHURCH.
And go to Church Well Dressed !
Reply Virgil Sequeira
1:47 AM on April 10, 2012 
Well, the Church is a meeting place for the faithful. Its a place for human and spiritual interaction. And a concert is part of human interaction. Churches are very careful with what kind of groups or musicians they allow to perform (usually non profits, charity based, non commercial). And concerts never disrupt a scheduled church service. If you reflect back on your church experience, a 'display of talents' takes place in church at every service - the choir, musicians, the priests sermon, prayer dance, processions etc. And if you ask around, most people are drawn to church for this crucial human interaction that leads to a spiritual experience. Folk music did find its way into the church especially in India, though the content is monitored. Therefore, this narrow sense of sacredness that the church is a place for prayer and worship ONLY should be reconsidered. When you take 'people' out of the 'church' you end up taking the 'church' out of people!
Reply Albert Gonsalves
9:10 AM on March 24, 2012 
The Bottle Masala video seems to be sung in the church of St. Francis Vile Parle. If I am wrong please let me know. My apologies for the same. But if I'm right I think it is in bad taste.
Reply Greg DSouza
6:14 AM on March 23, 2012 
The stage seems to be in a church...

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