One of the most talked about pre-wedding events, the Sangeet, is a celebration of coming together of the two families in the union of their children. The ceremony offers respite from all the hectic seriousness of the wedding preparations. Women of the family get together several days before the wedding day with dolaks and spoons, surround the bride and sing traditional wedding songs. Subjects of the song range from about daily life of women to teasing the bride about her upcoming wedding and her groom. Some referred to the dreams and hopes of the bride who is parting from her family while some tell of the pain parents go through while sending their daughter off to her in-laws. The groom is referred to as Banna in these songs whereas the groom is known as Banni or Banno. Popular traditional songs include ‘Mehendini Mehendi’, ‘Lathe di Chadar’, ‘Laung Gawacha’ and ‘Kala Doriyaan’. There would be dancing as well, with the women of the household dancing away along with the bride participating with gusto. Previously, it used to last for a few days, but nowadays its mostly one day, and sometimes one evening.
Although the Sangeet ceremony is observed by most north Indian communities, it is most popular among Punjabis and Gujaratis. The traditional Punjabi sangeet generally includes performances of Bhangra and singing of Gidda songs. The Gujarati Sangeet ceremony is often accompanied by performances of garba, the traditional dance of Gujarat that involves women in brightly colored ghaghra cholis, clapping their hands keeping in tune with the music and moving in circles.
Sangeet nowadays is celebrated by both the bride’s and the groom’s family together at a common venue. A grand stage is set where the performances take place. The choreographers teach cool dance steps to the entire relative bandwagon. The relative perform in pairs or in groups. Generally the bride’s and groom’s parents have a set.Several sets of uncle and aunties from each sidealso prepare dance performances to popular Bollywood tunes. The sisters and brothers from each side will generally dance in groups or will perform skits. Even the bride and the groom take part in the performance, dancing to romantic numbers. DJs are hired to create an ambience where guest can dance their hearts out. In over the top NRI or uber-rich businessman weddings, Bollywood celebrities are hired by the event management companies to dance at the event. Some even hire famous musicians and singers to present beautiful melodic performances.
Indian wedding functions are never complete without high-energy hindi songs and Punjabi songs. Be it your cousin, uncle or great grandma, everyone will dance in joy on your wedding. The perfect songs will make people want to shake a leg no matter how shy they are. If you are getting married soon, then look no further for fun songs to add to your stellar wedding playlist.
#1. Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai
This brand new songs from the most awaited movie of 2016, Sultan is our current favourite. It is surely the ‘Wedding Song Of The Year’, with its foot-tapping music and Badshah’s rocking voice. This Haryanvi song is a must-have in your wedding playlist. Salman and Anushka’s sizzling chemistry and out-of-the-box dance steps are cherry on the cake!
#2. Chammak Challo
This song brought Akon to Bollywood, which is iconic in itself. The beats are fast with a great fusion of Indian and western music. This song from “Ra.One” will have the entire marriage procession swaying and grooving.
#3. Ainvayi Ainvayi
Ainvayi Ainvayi, from the hit Bollywood film “Band Baaja Baaraat”, is a fun number and great for dancing. Do not be surprised if the shiest person in the wedding gets up to his feet and begins grooving to this number.
#4. London Thumakda
This Punjabi style number from Kangana Ranaut starrer “Queen” will have even your grandmother doing thumkas on the dance floor. This feel good song is perfect for your sangeet ceremony.
#5. Mauja Hi Mauja
Mauja Hi Mauja, from the super hit film “Jab We Met” had Shahid Kapoor dishing out some of his best moves that too in a suit. Your wedding party would be raising hell dancing to this number.
#6. Gal Mitthi Mitthi
A typical Punjabi song from the movie “Aisha”, this song is very funky, trendy and extremely danceable. The foot tapping beats will have everybody on the floor. It is excellent for all marriage ceremonies.
#7. Angreji Beat
Deepika grooved to this chart topping hit dance number from “Cocktail” like no one was watching. People at your wedding will move to this song and have an absolute gala time!