Who hasn’t heard about Bollywood, the Indian movie factory?
Indian movies have certain characteristics distinguishable from the rest, making them what we all now know as bollywoodian movies: Indian actors, a love story spiced up with a bit of drama, proclaiming your emotional feelings by using elaborate dance movements and of course, music. With that, Bollywood movies are somewhat similar to the western world musicals. The similarities stop here though but that is beside the point.
Like many other parts of the world, Indian romantic movies provide a great part of the songs used in making a traditional Indian wedding music playlist; worth mentioning songs like “Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna”, from the soundtrack for the movie “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge”, “Babul Ki Duaayein Leti Ja” from the movie “Neel Kamal”, or the song “Joote Dedo Paise Lelo”, in “Hum Apke Hain Kaun” are excellent and popular choices for a wedding.
In India coexist people of different religious orientation; it is the intersection point for Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism and the dominant Hinduism.
Hindu wedding parties usually last for a long time, form several days to several weeks, depending on the social status of the one who gets married. Indian wedding parties consist in few ceremonies: the Sangeet, the Mehndi, the Baraat and the Vidaai; for each ceremony, the wedding band performs a specific ceremonial music: ghodi, banni, suhag, banna, kohbar, and so on. They use instruments like a tabla, dhol, tempura, a sitar or a tumba.
Here are some of the most famous Indian wedding songs: Bachena Ae Haseeno(watch out, pretty girls) by Bachena Ae Haseeno, Desigirl (Indian girl) by Dostana, Kajra Re by Bunty Aur Babli, Nagada by Jab We Met, Muhjse Shaadi Karogi, Mauja Hi Mauja, Maa da Ladla, Dus Bahane, Mast Kalandar, Soni de Nakhre, Tu Hai To I’ll be all right, Bhool Bhulaiyya, Dhoom Machale and the list could go on.
Beside the famous Bollywood romantic songs, a new song genre, which originated from the Punjabi, called bhangra become so popular that it was soon used in all Hindu weddings. Bhangra is part of the contemporary Indian music and it’s a fusion of other different music genres like pop, RnB, house, rap, hip-hop and of course traditional Indian music. The most popular bhangra songs are: Chaliya Chaliya, performed by Sunidhi and Piyush Mishra, Kabhi Karee Na Kisi De Naal Pyar, performaed by Musafir, Dil Le Gayi Kudi Gujarat Di by Jasbir Jassi, Gori Nalo Ishq Mitha by Zubeen Garg and Jine Mera Dil Lutya by Jazzy B.
If your have intentions of planning yourself an Indian-like wedding, or you are just a normal fan of all that India has to offer, these songs will be an ideal choice. But since we are talking about India, and all about India comes in big numbers, it is best to choose from a larger list. Larger list, better songs, wonderful Indian wedding! Good luck with that!11