As the wedding week approached, the anticipation from both families grew, day by day, hour by hour. The ladies Sangeet was no different as Anjali’s parents and families worked feverishly to create an unforgettable night for all their guests. From their elaborate arrangements and décor, Mendhi Artists, various rehearsed songs, choreographed dances, spectacular food and wonderful music. The glowing bride walk around with a large smile thanking all her guests, dancing the night away and being truly touched by the love and adoration in the room.
Traditionally the Ladies Sangeet is celebrated by the bride’s family by playing the dholki (drum) and singing traditional wedding songs. The theme of the Sangeet normally revolves around how the couple met and fell in love. Songs poking gentle fun at the in-laws and the soon to be groom and also life after marriage are sung much to the merriment of the guests. There are also dances that are performed by friends of the couple.
As the night concluded the Chura Ceremony took place which involves the bride’s maternal uncles putting the bridal bracelets on the soon to be married bride after dipping the bracelets in milk. It is often preceded by a short puja performed by the pandit that signifies the individual whose arms the churas were placed onto is ready to be a bride.