There was a time when Sangeet was a ladies only affair and was mostly conducted amongst the females on the bride’s side to herald her happiness, tease her and bless her. There would be music and dance and a little party kind of thing would go on for 3 or 4 hours.
But since almost a decade, Sangeet has assumed an altogether new avatar in context of Indian Wedding ceremony. Almost of weddings are now preceded by a Sangeet Sandhya where the people on the bride’s as well as groom’s side perform on traditional, folk or peppy Bollywood songs .
The top ten things to keep in mind while planning the Sangeet night are:
1) Choose the venue well
The venue for the Sangeet must be chosen keeping in mind the convenience of the friends and families of the bride and the groom. Make adequate arrangements for the appetizers, drinks and dinner.
2) Keep it a day or two before the wedding
Since the participation of people from both the sides is required, the Sangeet Sandhya is ideally held a day or two before the nuptial.
3) Decide the choreographer
Half the time the people who dance the best on either side take up the responsibility of planning the performances, the people and the songs. But nowadays professional choreographers are being hired for the purpose and who lend an expert touch to the overall ceremony.
4) Determine your budget
Sangeet can be an expensive affair. In most communities at least 2 to 3 lakhs and upwards amount is spent on it.
5) Decide the performers
Start planning for it at least a month in advance and make a list of all those who would be performing.
6) The bride’s side
Sangeet ceremony is generally hosted by the Groom’s family. Thus the main family in-charge of the performances must co-ordinate with his/her counterpart from there.
7) Choose the songs well
Choose songs that suit the occasion are either very romantic or aimed at teasing the to-be-weds. Do not choose any such song that would not go down well with any of the persons present.
8) Divide the time judiciously
Appropriate the performance time judiciously between the bride’s and the groom’s family. No one should feel disadvantaged against.
9) Music system
The music system should be in good shape and the DJ must be booked at least 3 or 4 months in advance or else you may have to make do with your home theatre system.
10) Sweet and short
However grand and entertaining an affair is, it must come to an end. The Sangeet should not be longer than an hour or 90 minutes at max. After that people will start getting bored.