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Top Indian Wedding Sangeet Song

Top Indian Wedding Sangeet Song

No Indian wedding is complete without dance, music and drama. They are in fact the highlight of the ceremony. The sangeet ceremony is entirely dedicated to dance, music, fun and merry making. Indian regional and bollywood movies come up with various desi shaadi songs for the snageet ceremony every time.

Some are emotional ones, some are romantic.  Some of the songs are item numbers; some are happy-to-get-married songs. Some of the songs can be combined to make a story; some can be put together as a theme. Overall the songs are about emotions which get translated with the beautiful lyrics to craft a wonderful aura. Groove on anything from ever green ones to the latest ones. The choice is yours!

Here is our pick on some of the best and most appropriate numbers to groove on this fall:

  • Asan Hun Tur Jana (you can’t help getting a tear in eye looking at your sister/daughter dancing to this one – Movie – Arpan)
  • Banno rani (Movie-1947 Earth)
  • Bumro Bumro (Movie- Mission Kashmir)
  • Mere Hathon mai Nau Nau Choodiyan Hain- (Movie Chandni)
  • Mai Sasural Nahi jaungi Doli Rakh do (another Yashraj classic wedding song from film Chandni)
  • Rukmani Rukmani (Movie- Roja – a naughty teaser for Bride)
  • Yeh galiya yeh chaubara (a heart touching song. Film-Prem Rog).

Romantic Wedding Night Gifts Ideas for Couples

How about making your wedding night more special than planned? Well, here is a tip. Pack a surprise to delight your new spouse to make the night more memorable. It need not be too expensive or too large for that matter. Because after the big fat wedding, just the thought is truly what that counts. To help you with the selection we have come up with a list of items that will help you stick together for a lifetime.

Unique Wedding Night Gifts Ideas

Romantic Gifts Ideas for your Wedding Night

  • Heartfelt thank you card to your partner for being a part of your life.
  • Love poem to entice your partner.
  • Single rose and bottle of Champagne is perfect for a perfect couple like you.
  • Inscribed book of poetry to set a romantic mood.
  • Romantic books like Love Letters: An Anthology of Passion.
  • Kama Sutra Weekender with Original Oil of Love, Pleasure Balm, Wild Clove and Mint Tree Bathing Gels, and Honey Dust with handmade feather applicator.
  • An antique clock for a classic feel
  • A pair of compact, waterproof binoculars
  • Diamond heart pendant to sparkle your love life.
  • Grundig travel radio
  • Water-resistant U.S. Navy Seal Watch gives an elegant feel.
  • Canon digital camera t capture those precious moments.
  • A GPS unit or PDA module
  • A romantic gift basket with all the stuff your love loves.

Traditional South Indian Wedding

Where is the Matchmaker?

Indians are fond of weddings. It is during this life changing event alone when new connections are made and families come together and celebrate the event as one big event. In India there are matchmakers in the elders of every community who bring in marriage proposals to the bride’s family. I am taking about the arranged marriage system. They give a bio data of the prospective groom and his family. It also includes the horoscope of the groom. Astrology has a big influence in the Indian society. And as such an astrologer is consulted to match the horoscopes of both bride and groom. Only if it is a perfect match, a formal meeting is arranged to see the bride in her parental home. The groom visits with his family to see the bride and decides whether or not to accept the proposal. Well, with the passage of time the prospective groom is also allowed to have a few words with the bride before he gives his consent. If both of them agree, the marriage is fixed. A date is set aside for the big day.

South Indian Wedding

This is the process that goes behind an arranged marriage in India.

Preparation for the Wedding Day

The engagement ritual is performed with a few relatives. Both the families exchange fruits, betel leaves, coconuts, jasmine flowers, sweets etc. The bride is also gifted a silk saree which she has to wear on the same day and join the rest for a small meal.

After the commencement of the formal engagement, wedding invites are selected and both the families give out the invites individually. They are invited to an elaborate two day marriage function with festivities and pujas being performed the night before. In the southern part of India, invitations are handed out personally by the family. Some communities do not allow the engaged couple to see each other till the wedding day. However, it is not longer followed today. They have become liberal and allowed to speak to each other and even let to go out.

Shopping

Kanjeevaram is the place in south India where rich silk sarees are traditionally hand woven by skilled weavers. Every bride takes a trip to this place before marriage. Sarees with rich gold zari are draped over the prospective bride to match the color on her so that she looks her best. Apart from the wedding saree, different ceremony demands a different saree for the bride and is therefore bought accordingly. Some are to be gifted to close family members too. Matching silk blouses are then stitched with perfect fit.

South Indian weddings Jewelry

Jewelries have a special place in South Indian weddings. Several sets of gold jewelry are bought for each ceremony. If one can afford diamond, it is bought too. The perfect jewelry set consists of bangles, necklace, ring and a pair of earrings.

The caterers, florists, musicians are tested and booked in advanced. The menu for the rehearsal dinner will be different from the elaborate marriage feast during ‘muhurtham’.

The Marriage

The actual marriage is termed as Muhurtham. The groom ties a mangalasutra (a gold pendant threaded onto a thick turmeric thread) around the neck of the bride with the Hindu priest seated in front of a fire in the flower bedecked mandap and chanting mantras. Family and friends shower them with rice mixed with turmeric which signifies blessing the couple in Hindus. A traditional live music to herald the event known as Nadaswaram is followed to signify the tying of the mangalasutra.

The marriage feast is also of a unique kind in the south. Variety of eatables is traditionally prepared for the marriage. It includes three to four varieties of sweets along with deliciously prepared rice items such as pulav, puliyogare (tamarind rice), pooris, chutneys, vegetable paliyas, pappads, vadas, kootus, curd rice, pickles, etc. It is served on a large plantain leaf and here is the fun part, everyone eats with their hand. A designer packet containing a large coconut, betel leaves and nuts are handed over to elders as a sign of respect.

Games

Various games are played between the bride and groom as they exchange garlands. They are also made to sit on the large swing as the women and children sing along.

Reception

Reception is a grand affair too. The mandap is converted into a stage where the groom and bride are seated. Gifts are given to welcome them to the married live and photographs and videos are recorded to capture the auspicious day. Food is usually an elaborate buffet with sweets and savories along with dosas and rice baths.

The bride is welcomed into her new home the next day. A measuring jar filled with raw rice is kept on the threshold of the main door and the bride is asked to kick it slowly with her right foot and then enter with the husband. It is a symbol of welcoming the Hindu Goddess Laxmi in the form of the bride.

These are the rich traditions and customs that run behind a wedding in the Southern part of India. Unlike in other parts of the world, family is given much importance in a wedding in this culture rich country.