An Indian wedding is full of colour, fervour, joy and celebrations. Lavishness and display of wealth also forms part of any Indian wedding. Music is an important part of every Indian wedding and most of the ceremonies are linked to playing of loud music. Family members and friends rejoice the wedding while dancing and thus expressing their happiness during the marriage function.
Dance in Indian wedding
Dance is the essence of any wedding and people wait for the moment to the music to start and get into the groove to dance and enjoy. It is done by children, adults as well as old. No Indian wedding is complete without adding dance to it. However, wedding dances in Indian wedding are not same and vary with region and religion of the members. Let us see various dances done during Indian weddings.
It is a folk dance practiced across north India, especially Punjab and is very famous dance which is carried out by almost everybody. Everyone does bhangra on loud Punjabi dhol and beats, irrespective of their age and health. Everyone can do this dance as this dance does not require any special coaching or training. Even by simply watching the other person dancing, you can learn the steps in minutes. It involves free movement of body while raising your hands in air and just moving and stamping your feet on the beats of the background music. In addition to bhangra, giddah is also involved by ladies. It also involves dancing on the special beats and Punjabi songs. Other north Indian states like Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh also have their traditional dances carried out during the weddings.
Garba is a traditional dance of Gujarat and is held a night before the Gujrati wedding. It is also a very famous Indian rhythmic dance and is performed regardless of age. Families and friends get together and perform Garba amidst soft music of garba singers. It holds importance during wedding as it is often referred to as a partner dance.
Nowadays, DJ’s are hired to perform during the weddings. Dancing on music by DJ involves a mixture of western and Indian dances. The DJ plays music and everyone dances to its tunes. The dances involved can vary from bhangra to garba or even western, depending upon the type of music played.
Traditional Folk song and Dance
South Indian weddings are marked by special folk songs and folk dances to mark the wedding occasion. These songs and dances are performed to display the love and understanding between bride and the groom and are thus performed with much enthusiasm.
Indian weddings are a symbol of love, happiness and time for everyone to enjoy. The dances performed during the weddings are an indication of the celebrations of welcoming the new couple in the family and wishing the couple a very happy and joyous wedding life.