“Music dished out with the help of advanced technology tends to fade out as quickly as it was born, whereas the music that spills out of the soul lasts for generations,” said Joseph Mar Thoma, Metropolitan of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar.

The Metropolitan was inaugurating a concert by Youth Chorus Thiruvalla (YCT) at Dr. Alexander Mar Thoma Memorial Auditorium in Thiruvalla on Sunday evening.

The programme was organised as part of the golden jubilee of the YCT, which gave its first public concert at the VGM Hall in Thiruvalla way back on August 31, 1963.

In an age characterised by dwindling values “it is time to go back to the classics,” the Metropolitan said.

He said he was planning to organise a classical musical festival at Thiruvalla in association K.J. Yesudas, singer. He sought cooperation and participation of cultural and religious organisations in the endeavour.

Bishop Thomas Samuel of the Church of South India, who is also the YCT patron, led the audience in the opening prayer.

Presiding over the inaugural function, Babu Zachariah, YCT president, traced the history of the Youth Chorus.

P.C. Chacko, Youth Chorus secretary, introduced the choir members to the audience.

Thomas Koshy, choir master, conducted the choir.