Defining Sangeet and Modern Indian Weddings
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.
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.
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.
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.