Honors


Chordiels





Shri. A. Bevin Grady


Honored On: 2017-10-29

  • Started playing the organ at the age of 12, for a school choir
  • Since then: 1967 to 74 – SCI Church Kodambakkam 1974-84 – English Wesley Broadway 1984-2013 – Emmanuel Methodist Church, Vepery Now, Guest organist at the Kirk, Egmore
  • His main music activity is as Church organist. He has also san tenor in the Ecumenical Choir from 1967-1977 and started playing the organ for the same from 1977 to 2012, the choir being conducted by Mr. V. T. Cherian, YMCA, Chennai.
  • He is the most sincere organist who never misses any Church services. He always wanted that the service, songs, and praise should be in order and in reverence, so that our Lord who is the most Holy is pleased with our praises.
  • His future plan is to help the St. Andrew’s Kirk, Egmore, as long as my audio-visual balance is good.
  • He says worship God with the limited talents we are blessed with. Lead the congregation in singing.



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  • Shri. J. Chitty Prakash Dhyriam


    Honored On: 2017-10-29

  • Fulltime Musician ( Composing, Sequencing and Conducting )
  • started my music journey by assisting, playing Guitar and Vibraphone for my father Music Director Sangeetha Rathna Sri B. M. J. Dhyriam
  • First Music Album “Devanin Padhayil” produced by INRICO in which Singers Chitra, Jolly Abraham and many others participated
  • Started his career in music as a instrumentalist for several Churches including Maranatha Church, and Pastor Sam P Chellapduari.
  • His music endeavors are: He played bass-guitar for late Mr. Sathy Victor. He composed, did the orchestration, directed and produced music for Fr. Berchmans (Vol 9 to Vol 18), for Dr. DGS Dhinakaran, for Mrs. Stella Dhinakaran, for Octet Cantabile, for Good Shepherd International Prayer House and several other Christian Organizations and Artists.
  • His notable performances are: Fund raising programme for Home for Aged for the Church " Lord's Ministries " by Pastor Rajan John, Meenambakkam, Chennai at Periyar Thidal, Egmore, Chennai during 1991 or 1992 ( I don't remember exactly ) with 40 pieces Orchestra and with many singers Mano, Chitra, Minmini, Jolly Abraham, Hema John and many others.
  • Recently he produced music for the Classic Hymns album “Neer Mathram Podhum”
  • His future plans are to do more music for the Christian organizations.



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  • Dr. James Samuel Davids


    Honored On: 2017-10-29

  • Started his music journey in the summer of 1966, when he joined the GATT Quartet. Soon the team was invited to sing in several places and it got famous in Chennai. At the same time he joined the Emmanuel Methodist Choir
  • It was delightful 47 years of singing and conducting the EMC choir without any break. During my choir directing period, the choir sang in full Gospel concerts and in television programs of Jesus Calls and Dhoordharshan.
  • He also trained the choir for Trinity College Vocal Exams for Choirs and they passed out with 95% distinction.
  • As the chief tenor soloist of GATT Quartet, he travelled with group of several countries including the USE, UK, Switzerland, Italy, Bahrain etc. He has also performed in the Chicago Gospel Fest, and in the Opera House Sydney, Australia.
  • He has written and composed many songs, provides selective vocal training, part of the Male Voice Ensemble, and MMA as its principal tenor soloist.
  • Some of the notable performances are singing with the GATT Quintet in Chichago for its Gospel Music Fest and for the International Church Music Festival held in UK Europe along with the best in the world. In Chennai, when he directed the EMC Choir for the great Praise & Worship Artist Dr. Ron Kenoly at the YMCA grounds Royapettah, Chennai.
  • For his achievements in singing and choir conducting for a longstanding years, he was conferred with the Doctorate in Music



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  • Shri. James Dhinakaran Stanley


    Honored On: 2017-10-29

  • Started singing from the age of 9 as boy soprano at the Alandhur Church Choir under the leadership of Mr. Chakravarthy Koilpillai, and continued in the choir till 25 years of age. Then joined many private choirs and got vocal training from Mr. Robin Daniel. He was part of MMA for short term.
  • In Jan 1992, he started his own choir “Mount Ensemble” and have been singing with the team for the past 25 years across many Churches in the City and in Tamilnadu
  • He learnt to play the organ and completed his grades in Theory of Music at an early age. He has composed some songs for his choir and has trained a few school choirs also. He usually harmonizes the songs for Mount Ensemble and has produced three Audio CDs – Joy to the World (2009), Count your Blessings (2012) and the third one is in the making.
  • The most notable performance with the Mount Ensemble – Glorious (2001), MCC Alumini Concert at Madras Christian College High School(2001,2002),British Council (2009 to 2013) Classic Hymns (2009) and at Chirala (Andhra Pradesh) for a wedding with full Orchestra(2011,2012) Numerous Television programmes of the group have been telecast in Vijay TV, Pothigai TV , Sathiyam TV and Angel TV.
  • His perception of Music is: Music is the soul. In times of trials, tribulations, victories, songs are the medium of spreading the Gospel.
  • Planning to produce an album on “Pathway to Cross” We invite Mr. James D. Stanley to receive the Chordiels Honors 2017.



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  • Shri. Jeyasingh Devadoss D


    Honored On: 2017-10-29

  • Joined the CSI Church choir Mengnanapuram at 10years of Age, and then sang in the St. James Church Choir, Tuticorin, where I learned to sing in parts. From 1974 till 2006, was one of the active members of T N Secretariat Choir conducted by Mr Samuel Abeysekara. During the same period, he was a member in Christian Govt Servant's Choir conducted by senior musicians like Mr Crossly Ponnaiah, Mr George Harris and Mr Jabez Janagaraj. From 1976 to 1985, he was singing in John Millns Male Voice Choir, under Mr Jabez Janagaraj.
  • He was conducting the Choir of CSI St Thomas Church, Saidapet from 1979 to Sept 1987
  • From Oct 1987 to till date he is conducting the choir of St. Paul’s Church Chrompet.
  • For the past 38 years he is serving the Lord in the Church Music. The choir’s performaces have been telecast in the T V channels viz Dhoordharshan, VijayTV, Sathyam TV, Raj Plus, Tamizhan TV, etc from 1995 continuously.
  • He says, though I come from a small village in southern taimlnadu, God has graciously blessed me serve Him in the Church through Music and songs. I enjoy to train the choir and sing with them.



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  • Shri. Peter Asirvatham


    Honored On: 2017-10-29

  • Learnt music from his mother, and started his music ministry since his college days
  • Conducting New Calvary Church Choir for the past 25 years, and accompanying the choir by playing the piano for Hymns and Praise and Worship services
  • Conduct the choir during every Christmas and performs the Christmas Cantata
  • His perception on Gospel Music is God loves worship through songs and music. God loves praising Him with musical instruments.
  • His future plans are to praise the Lord with the gift of music through music, and train young people to carry on the music ministry through His church



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  • The Minstrels


    Honored On: 2017-10-29

  • The Minstrels was started by a group of friends in the Purasawalkam area in the year 1968 getting together to sing gospel songs in harmony. The first programme was at the CSI Missionary Chapel (Ex. London Mission Church) and since then the group has traversed thus far singing in almost all the churches in the city and neighbouring places.
  • The group has released two song albums since its inception. The first was an audio CD in the year 1978 named “Aaradhipom Vaarungal” which was sponsored and distributed by AVM audios. The second album, in the form of a DVD, titled “Kartharai Sththari” was released in 2016 comprising of our own compositions and a few covers of Gaither Vocal Band. Most of our Tamil songs were composed by our members (late) Dr. Premkumar David and Rajeev Frederick. Donald Madhavaraj is the conductor. The music arrangements are being taken care of by John Manikam.
  • Social Activities: Monetary support to many financially poor families and welfare organizations are provided by contributions from members and proceeds from offertories received from our two major annual musical events one during the Lenten season Kalvaari Geethangal depicting the sufferings of Jesus and the other during the Christmas season Echoes of Christmas Day bringing the joy and reason for the season of Christmas. Leading choirs are invited to participate in both these services
  • The group members believe that the primary purpose of Gospel Music is to give God all the glory, honour and praise that He deserves. We also believe that this genre of music brings the message of hope, peace and joy.
  • To continue this ministry of presenting the gospel through music and song. God-willing we are planning for a Thanksgiving Golden Jubilee function in January 2018



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  • Shri. Samuel Abeysekara


    Honored On: 2015-10-18

    When he was 8 years old(1946), Shri Samuel Abeysekara, joined the Choir of Royappa Wesley Church, and passionately started singing, which was the start of his music formation years. In 1969 he along with some of his friends, he formed the group called “The 3-Chords”. They have sung all over south India, and are well-known for their tight-harmony renditions of original Tamil tunes. Three men singing in harmony, accompanied by Mr. Samuel on the piano, is the look of the group on stage. They have four audio tape cassettes published. Shri. Samuel has written and composed more than 85 tamil songs through which he has contributed to the Tamil Gospel Music community.

    Some of his well-known songs are “Kulla Saheyu miha nalla Saheyu”, “Dhevan Illai Endru”, “Neer thantha Indha Naalai”, “Dhaaveedhin Kathayai Kelunga”. Easy to sing, simple to harmonize, easy on the ears, but touches the soul with the Spiritual touch.

    His passion and love for Church Music and Harmony Music is highly respected and honored.



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    Shri. C. Athickaraj


    Honored On: 2015-10-18

    Joined st. John’s Cathedral Choir in 1955, and since then he has been actively involved in Choral activities in several churches. He is a self-taught, and a self-disciplined musician who takes every piece of music work to heart and teaches his choristers with passion. He has been associated with singing, training, and directing Church Choirs for over 35years, including John the Baptist Church Choir, Cunnoor, and several choirs in Trivandram. He is a member of the Choristers Association, Trivandram.

    Since 2001 till today he has been directing and training CSI st. Luke's Church Choir, Santhoshapuram, Chennai. His passion for Western Classical Music is explicitly shown as he trains the choir to sing the works of Handel, Bach, among others. In the period of over 35years he has been conducting more than 8 church choirs and has taught music theory and the organ to more than 50 students. Even today he is the guest member of the Nazareth Cathedral Choir.

    His passion and love for Church Music and Harmony Music is highly respected and honored.



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    Shri. Winfred Chelliah


    Honored On: 2015-10-18

    An academician, teacher, leader, and musician, is Prof. Winfred Chelliah, who has been involved in several professional & music activities for the past 38 years. Professionally he has worked with MCC, Ryan International School, Hindustan University, St. John's International Residential School and other educational institutions in several positions from teacher to Director. He underwent a trimester program on Church Music, Organ, Piano, Choir Conducting and Composition Analysis in one of the oldest Universities in Germany.

    He was the Organist and Choir Director of Madras Christian College Choir for 28 years and trained numerous students in Choral singing. At that time he was also directing the MCC Alumni Choir, St. Mathew's Church Choir, Madras Marthoma Church Choir, Emmanuel Marthoma Choir, and Lutheran Church Choir in Tambaram. Presently he is the Choir Director of Egmore Wesley Church Choir.Cathedral Choir.

    His passion and love for Church Music and Harmony Music is highly respected and honored.



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    Lutheran Men's Voice


    Honored On: 2015-10-18

    (LMV) was started in October 1975 by eight talented and committed youngsters from the Adaikalanather Lutheran Church in Tana Street, Purasawalkam, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India and has been performing continuously, singing the glory of God. The long years of singing has only added experience and colour to their singing and they are still contributing with the same fervour, commitment, dedication and perseverance. Lots of new talents have been roped into LMV in its long musical journey with utmost care and screening, taking into account, not only their musical talents but also their commitment and perseverance.

    LMV performs throughout the year, and occasionally travels to other states and countries, and sings anywhere, without any denominational barriers or limitations. They have got three audio cassettes and four audio CDs to their credit. LMV celebrates its 40th anniversary this month.

    LMV’s passion and love for Church Music and Harmony Music is highly respected and honored.



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    Harmonics


    Honored On: 2015-10-18

    The legendary Male Vocal Quartet, The Harmonics, based out of Chennai is celebrating its 40 years of faithful journey and singing together in harmony, and proclaiming the Good News of our Lord, and passing the message of living in Harmony & Peace. Born in the mid 1970s, the Harmonics was one of the earliest products of this movement. The group evolved through the passage of time taking many shapes as members joined and left. Eventually in the Nineties, it began to acquire a recognizable identity as a niche player in the harmony business. Though not given to traveling wide and far, the group has nevertheless become the toast of connoisseurs in several places, especially in southern India and in Mumbai where its brand of tight harmony with bare voices blending together, is greatly appreciated.

    A bit of Sunday School, Rock and Roll, Spirituals, Country and Jazz make up the group's overall repertoire; currently a quintet, its mission is to glorify God through music in whatever form, and convey the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in song.

    Harmonics’ passion and love for Church Music and Harmony Music is highly respected and honored.



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    Shri. T. Samuel


    Honored On: 2013-06-23

    Born in 1940, respected Shri. T. Samuel started his music ministry in 1955 in a small church in Pillaimunai as an organist. Since then he is serving the Lord in Sunday worship services and praise gatherings. His obeyed the Lord’s call for Church ministry and has served many churches and participated in ecumenical services with huge enthusiasm, standing and singing along with five generations of Choristers.

    He is the first to be in the Church at 6am on a given Sunday, even today. His passion for church music and harmony singing has driven him to be part of St. James Church, Tooveypuram, Tuticorin. Today his son, Mr. Johnson and his grandson are playing the organ in the Church. He has also trained several musicians, like Mr. Victor Thangadurai, Ms. Ketch, and taught them to play the organ.

    He is best known for his punctuality and commitment to the Church worship services and the passion for the Church Music. After 58 years of experience in performing as organist and training the choir, he never plays the organ from memory. He sticks onto every note on the sheetmusic, and is happy that he can read them even in his 73rd years of age. He truly is a symbol of an Organist and a model for many musicians.

    His service for the Lord’s Kingdom and music is honored with love and respect.



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    Shri. G. Victor Thangadurai


    Honored On: 2013-06-23

    A sincere student who learnt music at a young age, had instincts for music that got roots during his engineering education. Shri. Victor had the privilege to learn classical music, exposure to A Cappella , Pop, light music, and learnt to play accordion, piano and guitar. His roles as chorister, Choir director, music composer, orchestrator and pianist have excelled him to lead and direct 100-voices choir during the mid 1990s and in 2007 and 2008. His music composition for a Passion Cantata and Story of Joseph were acclaimed for its authenticity and strong deliverance of the Message.

    As a professional pianist, Shri. Victor has the passion for sustaining the spirit of four-part harmony, no matter it is from a choir, a group or a quartet. The harmony music that emerges moves people, and Gospel transforms people. Amidst his profession as Deputy Director(IT) of Tuticorin Port and a consultant now, he has formed several music groups, “Joyous singers”, “YMCA choir”, and “Pearlcity Music Association and Choir”.

    His passion for music and his heart for the Master have brought him through these ways. His submission to the Lord as “His instrument of love in His hands” is all he wishes to be forever.

    His service for the Lord’s Kingdom and music is honored with love and respect.



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    Shri. D. Prakash


    Honored On: 2013-06-23

    A 12 year old boy in 1964, Shri. Prakash gave his first debut violin performance at the Centenary Hall in Palayamkottai, accompanied by his sister on the piano. Little did he know what the future held in store for him in music.

    As a young man, he got attracted towards classical western music, which he practiced in his violin, all the time. He is indebted to Late. Prof. Cleophus Antony for opening doors to perform in his violin. He joined as a violinist in the Trinelveli Chamber Orchestra in 1978, and continues to be part of it. In 1992, he was appointed as Choir Director of St. Peter’s Church, Shunmugapuram, Tuticorin.

    Since then his active participation in training the choir, organizing special programs during Christmas and lent, and every Sunday morning worship, has been his strength in standing up for the Lord and for the music. He is known for chord formation on the air for convention songs, and has written music for more than 175 songs. He is training the Thoothukudi-Nazareth Women’s Fellowship Choir for the past 7 years.

    “Gospel is the bread of life, and when supplemented with music spreads God’s love around us”, is his perception.

    Shri. Prakash went to be with the Lord on 24th Feb 2014.

    His service for the Lord’s Kingdom and music is honored with love and respect.



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    Shri. K. Stephen Thiagarajan


    Honored On: 2013-06-23

    Mutli-talented is his other name. Shri. Stephen Thiagarajan is known for his talent as a deep-bass singer, his managerial skills in organizing and directing an event or a concert, he is a volleyball player and participates in state and national events, and above all his loud laughter, you could always feel, comes from the heart.

    Joined the st. John’s college choir in 1974 as a bass singer was the inception of his music journey. He then became part of the Church Choir in Tuticorin Harbor, and also travelled with Joyous singers in Tuticorin and Trinelveli districts. In the late 80s, he was called to direct the St. Paul’s Church Choir, where he spent the next 12 years training the choir, organizing three annual events in the Church, which earned him the ‘first’ to give a different color to harmony singing.

    He knows to bring the best out of an artist. One example is: he is the one who brought the musicianship in Justus, when he trusted Justus to write music for his songs, arrange harmony and conduct the orchestra.

    He then founded a private choir “Harbor Harmonies” in 1998, and still training and travelling with the choir. He has produced 9 Video DVDs with the choir and has appeared in television programs.

    His service for the Lord’s Kingdom and music is honored with love and respect.



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    Shri. K. I. Packianathan


    Honored On: 2013-06-23

    As a little boy he used to sing secular songs. One day, while Rev. M. S. Jesudhasan was on house visit, he heard the young boy Packianathan singing a famous cine song. The next day the Rev called him to the Church and appreciated his talent in singing. He then asked Packinathan to try writing some Choruses for the Children of the Church. Saheyu Aayakaaran was the first song he penned.

    Later he wrote some of the famous, time tested songs of our era, Endhan Naavil Pudhu Paatu, Thooyathi Thooyavarey, which are sung in Churches even to this day. Since then he wrote more than 100 songs, and sang them wherever he went to preach the Gospel. He also published a EP gramophone record in 1976, which became very famous and a part of every Christian home. He also published a VCD of 12 tamil keerthanais.

    Even today he writes songs, all of them carrying the flavor of a true Christian experience and message. He has been the Kadayanodai Church Organist for more than 19 years. His 38 years job of teaching and song writing has never been suspended for any cause.

    He says "Holiness in life is the most important thing. Without holiness we cannot serve the Lord nor do His ministry."

    His service for the Lord’s Kingdom and music is honored with love and respect.



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    Shri. J. Jacob Gnanadoss


    Honored On: 2013-06-23

    Started in the late 1970s as a harmonium accompanist for his cousin brother, Shri. Jacob was so passionate about song writing and singing. In the late 1980s he began to write new songs and formed his own orchestra in his hometown, which later became the “Heavenly light Orchestra”. The team was performing everywhere and known to everyone in Tuticorin, Trinelveli and Nagercoil regions. His daughters also joined the team and travelled with their Dad, singing and making music.

    Jacob initiated and formed the youth choirs at St. James Church and St. Patrick’s Church in Tuticorin, and trains them to sing during special occasions. Now, he formed the Church Choir at Kirubhai Nagar and trains the mixed-voice choir.

    He has written more than 200 tamil gospel songs, and more than 250 choruses for IMS and Baliyar Nesan, a wing of Trinelveli Diocese. He has performed in more than 3000 stage concerts with his orchestra. Also he was part of the YMCA choir and YMCA male voices during the 1990s.

    Sathirathai Thedi was the famous series of albums among the 9 albums he published. He longs to be the clay in the Potter’s Hands.

    His service for the Lord’s Kingdom and music is honored with love and respect.



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    Shri. S. Stephen Dharmaraj


    Honored On: 2013-06-23

    Singing was his first attraction. Later songwriting became his passion. Composing and harmony arranging was his everyday affair.

    Shri. Stephen joined the St. Paul’s Church Choir, and the Cathedral Choir to sing and sing only. This is when he met his friend Mr. Victor Thangadurai who taught Stephen to play the Guitar and the fundamentals of music. He says “It was Victor who brought me to the boil and I began to compose songs”.

    Nesarudan Naan Nadapen was his first song, and Victor harmonized it and trained his choir to sing this song, which became a familiar to many. In the late 1970s, his songs Viduthalai, viduthalai petren, and Anaithum Kristhuvukey became famous when the Satya family records those songs. Those became a hit, even today.

    He joined YMCA choir as a tenor and plays guitar sometimes. For some years he conducted the YMCA choir. His songs and his musical arrangements are used by YMCA and PCMA choirs, and by many groups.

    Mr. Stephen says “Music is a gift of God. Freely received, freely it should be given and should pass on the gift.”

    His service for the Lord’s Kingdom and music is honored with love and respect.



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    Shri. W. Chelliah Samuel


    Honored On: 2011-06-26

    The Senior most Choir Director in Madurai who has served the Lord for more than 50 years. During the demands of his career he sees to it that he is in the Church leading the choir on all Sunday worships. He is the organist - Choir Director of Holy Redeemers Church, Madurai. He is also leading the Madurai Lutherans Voices, a mixed voice choir. The choir is trained under his experienced leadership and participate to sing anywhere.

    His service to the Gospel & Music is highly respected. Chordiels Music is pleased to honor Shri Chelliah Samuel with due love & respect.



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    Shri. Christopher Sherwood


    Honored On: 2011-06-26

    Known for his vocal training and gracious choir conducting, Mr. Sherwood has served for more than 25years as Choir-Director in various choirs including the American College Choir. Presently, he is the founder-director of Madurai Choristers, a mixed voice choir. When it comes to quality singing, his compromise level is ZERO. He has organized several concerts, workshops, seminars and performances all based on the classical Western Music. He has been an inspiration to many music leaders.

    His service to the Gospel & Music is highly respected. Chordiels Music is pleased to honor Shri Christopher Sherwood with due love & respect.



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    Dr. Emmanuel Jebarajan


    Honored On: 2011-06-26

    As the director of the largest choir, the Cathedral Church Choir, Dr. EJ has contributed for more than 22 years for the sake of church music. His commitment in sustaining the spirit of the music with a choir that is family-knitted is awesome. He is so active in writing songs, harmonize them, and teach the choir sing the songs in all possible singing sessions.

    His service to the Gospel & Music is highly respected. Chordiels Music is pleased to honor Dr. Emmanuel Jebarajan with due love & respect.



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    Shri. C. Andrew John


    Honored On: 2011-06-26

    The best known choir director, who is always active in training, singing and help the choir participate in every singing sessions. Presently, he is the choir director of All Saints Church Choir and has been there since the early 1980s. In addition to that, he has trained so many young musicians who are now performing all around the world, praising God.

    His service to the Gospel & Music is highly respected. Chordiels Music is pleased to honor Shri. Andrew John with due love & respect.



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