Indian Weddings signify much more than decorations, fineries, entertainment, wedding planners, mehendiwalis and flowers. Most importantly it is the union of two like minded hearts. Secondly it is a bond not only of two people for a lifetime commitment but also between two families. Hindu marriages deal with elaborate occasions of rituals, customs and norms. Traditional Hindu marriage ceremonies last for almost four to five days at a stretch. Sangeet Ceremonies forms an integral part of the Indian wedding Ceremonies.
In India people's wealth, status, religion and language differ. Marriage customs and ceremonies vary accordingly. Basically Sangeet Ceremonies are usually held after The Mehendi Ceremony. The women folk of the household gather around the bride. This is followed by fun, frolic, dance and traditional wedding songs.
Traditionally speaking the Sangeet Ceremonies are very much a part of the formal engagement or the Sagaai program that takes place a few days before the main wedding. It is generally celebrated by North Indian families. However in recent times Sangeet has made its presence felt even in South India. The concept of Sangeet though traditional and age old, is in vogue. Many wedding planners swear by it and says it add the fun dimension to any marriage ceremony. Professional help are also taken to prepare for the occasion. Theme Sangeets are the in thing and enacted with much vigor.
The theme of these Sangeet Ceremonies revolve between the bride and groom - their love life, how they fell in love, how they met, and likewise. The dances are well choreographed and practiced.
Sangeet Ceremonies are given a magnificent proportion if it's the Pre Wedding Ceremonies of any of the celebrities. The Sangeet Ceremonies of Liz Hurley and Arun Nayar in Rajasthan got rave reviews even in foreign dailies.
Even the Sangeet Ceremonies of Abhishek and Aishwarya was celebrated with much pomp and merry making.
The music that is played in the ceremony varies. Bhangra, Indi pop, Hindi film scores, are the common preferences. D.J''s are hired sometimes to make the occasion more lively.
The song and Dance is followed by elaborate dining arrangements.
Moreover Sangeet Ceremonies also give everyone a chance to get together. Relatives travel long distance to be there beside their loved ones on this special occasion. It speaks of the strong sense of intimacy in Indians. It also shows that by nature Indians are social beings.