In Indian weddings, vidaai is the moment of saying goodbye. The bride bids adieu to her family members and friends with teary eyes and a heavy heart. All the parents prepare themselves to be strong for this very moment but aren’t able to control their tears.
There are so many wedding songs that are dedicated to the moment of vidaai. They evoke such emotions that often parents are seen dabbing at their eyes whenever they hear these songs. Mothers are the best – they get all the more sentimental remembering their own vidaai and thinking about how they’ll let their daughter(s) go.
Let’s take a look at the all-time favorite vidaai songs in India:
Babul ki duaayein leti jaa – Fathers born in 50s, 60s and 70s connect with this song very emotionally. It brings out the melancholy of separation and a father’s love for his daughter.
Khushi khushi kar do vida – It’s about convincing a father who’s reluctant to let his daughter go after marriage. A beautiful song with perfect lyrics. All the more precious if it’s your mother or grand-mom singing it.
Choti si umar: It is a Rajasthani folk song, made popular with the Colors Television’s longest running soap Balika Vadhu. Let’s just say that daughters never really grow up for their fathers. Ask any father and he’d say, oh she was just born yesterday, what’s the hurry?
These songs are ingrained in our wedding traditions because every ritual or ceremony brings the bride a step closer to the ‘vidaai’. These songs about the final moments of parting always have the would-be-brides and their parents dabbing at their eyes.