Indian Marriage Songs

Want to know about the music used in traditional Indian wedding ceremonies and the Indian marriage songs? Keen on learning more about the customs that accompany a traditional Hindu wedding, including the Indian marriage songs? Read on for more inform

The songs used in Indian weddings differ according to the different ceremonies. In the sangeet ceremony, which is the Indian version of the bridal shower, the music is more exuberant and lively. Normally the trend is to use Bollywood film songs. The baraat or the wedding procession which escorts the groom to the wedding hall will usually be accompanied by a band which plays instrumental renditions of classic Bollywood numbers, the most popular among them is ‘raja ki aayegi baraat’.

Many Hindi movies feature pompous Hindu wedding ceremonies, so there is certainly no dearth of songs from these occasions, which can be played in actual wedding ceremonies as well. When the baraat along with the groom reaches the wedding hall they are usually greeted by a shehnai recital. After the wedding ceremony the music becomes livelier accompanied by a lot of dancing. Again Bollywood numbers are a popular choice. At the bidaii the music becomes more somber to reflect the bride’s sentiments at leaving her parent’s house. Some of the most popular Hindi movie songs used in wedding ceremonies include:

Babul Ki Duaayein Leti Ja

This song is traditionally played at the bidaai and the lyrics talk about a father who is going to miss his little daughter because it is believed that daughters are closer to their fathers and sons to their mothers. The song is from the movie ‘Neel Kamal’ and it is sung by the legendary Mohd. Rafi. It expresses a father’s feelings on the day of his daughter’s wedding.

Joote Dedo Paise Lelo

This is another popular song based on an interesting custom in Hindu wedding ceremonies where the bride’s sister and friends steal the groom’s shoes and he has to pay them to get his shoes back. This song became particularly famous because the movie in which it was featured had a depiction of a very opulent Indian wedding ceremony. Sung by the legendary and inimitable Lata Mangeshkar, the songs is from the move ‘Hum Apke Hain Kaun’.

Le Jayenge Le Jayenge

This song is usually used in the ‘roka’ or ‘tilak’ ceremony, which is like a formal engagement ceremony. Usually these ceremonies include songs with a naughty ring where the bride’s friends and the groom’s friends tease each other. This song from the movie ‘Chor Machaye shor’ was sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle and is an all-time favorite.

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