Defining Sangeet and Modern Indian Weddings

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Customs and rituals are an important part of an Indian wedding. There are so many facets to each tradition and each play an important role in the Indian culture.

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The term Sangeet is Sanskrit, which when translated into English means ”as sung together.” The Sangeet ceremony takes place two or three days before the wedding and is a Punjabi (Indian/Pakistani) ceremony. In the old days, the Sangeet was reserved for women only, but these days many couples are deciding to have a Sangeet that includes both women and men. This ceremony is a time for celebrating, singing, dancing and joking and is a perfect time for wedding guests to meet and get to know each other. The Sangeet can also include some good-natured teasing of the couple’s soon-to-be in-laws.

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Both the bridal and groom’s party will learn songs and dances to perform at the Sangeet. Traditional Indian instruments, like a dholki (a two-sided drum), are often used in the ceremony as well. After the singing and dancing is finished, guests enjoy beautiful hors d’oeuvres and sweet dishes.

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Therese Cole-Hubbs will explore the sangeet in greater depth at the 2014 Event Solutions Conference & Tradeshow on Tuesday, March 25. Her session, Reinterpreting the Cultural Experience Through Design, Food and Entertainment will be presented with Randi Garrett, Naakiti Floral, Las Vegas. The two will transform a session room into a Sangeet. You’ll also learn more about trends in menu development, presentation and design through case studies of real American-Indian weddings.

About the author : Therese Cole Hubbs

Therese Cole Hubbs

As the President and Creative Director of Houston-based Electric Karma International, Therese is considered one of the nation's leading event planning and coordinating experts for multi-cultural weddings. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Wedding Industry Professionals Association (WIPA), is a member of the International Caterers Association (ICA), and serves as the Director of Events at the Arabia Shrine Center in Houston, TX.

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