The Significance of Music In The Indian Weddingsby Rohit Bansal Blogger
Music is something that can connect people. It is a language in its own self. Music is the best way to express one’s emotions and also plays an important part in Indian weddings. In the culturally rich society that we find in India, many forms of music can be found and vary with every state.
From some Traditional Folk songs to the trendy Bollywood songs, the music in India is really varied. But it is this music, that’s although being varied in various forms all across the Indian landmass also bind us together. Everyone loves music all the same and be it a conventional piece of a folk song, a timeless classic or a song that just came out.
The varied Indian music is also because of a large number of instruments that are played by the top wedding bands in Mumbai. Some of the many instruments that are prevalent in the Indian culture and societies are - Sitar, Tabla, Dhol, Bansuri, Shehnaai, Tumba and Tempura.
Music And The Southern States
Music is considered to be divine in the southern parts of the Indian subcontinent. It is essential in many of the households in the southern cities for the children to have at least the basic knowledge of music. There are many families that teach their children some instruments from a really young age. In the south, music is played on all the auspicious occasions. The beautiful Carnatic music is featured in all the marriages in the South with the main emphasis on the Nandeswaram.
Beautiful Eastern Music
Just like the South, the eastern states have their own music forms too. Shehnai is the most predominant instrument in the music that comes from the state of Bengal. The Rabindra Sangeet that hails the very famous poet and lyricist Rabindra Nath Tagore is considered to be religious in nature. The oolu-oolu blowing of the conch and the sound made by the Bengali women is meant to draw the attention to the Bengali wedding ceremony. The sounds are made by rolling the tongue and simultaneously beating the mouth with the palms. Assam also has its own version of oolu-oolu, which they call uluni.
Wedding Music In Different Religions
When marriages are concerned, religion is inevitable. Each religion has its own form of music that is considered to be auspicious for the ceremony.
In the Sikh weddings, the music that accompanies the ceremony called the Anand Karaj(meaning ‘Blissful Union’) are the kirtans and the hymns called Laavaan. The four Laavaan are the traditional wedding hymns that are sung by everyone while encircling the holy book of Sikhs, Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
In Hindu culture, weddings start with an Aarti of Lord Ganesha and it is considered in the Hindu religion that the bride is an incarnation of goddess Lakshmi.
Many other religions like the Christians and the Muslims also have their wedding accompanied by the singing of traditional music that has its own spiritual importance.
The Changing Trend
The trend of music that goes into the wedding is rapidly changing and the more modern and upbeat Bollywood songs are taking place of the old traditional ones. Apart from the South and the North, the main music that is included in the weddings that happen in other regions is mostly Bollywood music. The traditional songs go hand in hand with Bollywood music. In many ceremonies, older women sing some traditional folk songs the main focus of which is to bless the brides.
Just as the Indian culture and the traditions, Indian music is also varied and has many forms. If you try to compile every type of song that is considered for playing at the wedding then it is quite a possibility that you’ll have a list of at least a thousand of them. There are various people who still prefer to have traditional songs played at the wedding and thus keep the traditions alive.
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