Couples learn to jig for wedding gig
The traditional dhol, wedding songs and impromptu dances at home once defined the typical sangeet, a key function in most big fat Indian weddings. Not any more.
The celebrations have just gotten bigger and bolder with brides and grooms signing up for classes to train for a joint performance designed to dazzle.
Be it Bollywood masala or western salsa, young couples are going out of their way to put on their dancing shoes to add that special edge to the revelry.
Sometimes the bride can’t dance, or the groom has two left feet; and then there are those families who are conservative and not in favour of their ‘to-be bahus’ shaking a leg on stage. But that’s changing.
“Couples have preferences in terms of specific songs and often they want to depict their personal story through a dance performance,” said Atul Jindal, director, Big Dance Centre.
“Props and audio visuals are included in sangeet performances to give a spectacular look. Couples usually come to learn dance forms like salsa, freestyle and Bollywood that involve fun and partner work. In these dance forms, couples enjoy dancing with each other,” he added.
Shiamak Davar agreed there was an upswing in the number of people who want to learn how to groove for their special day. “I have so many people who want to dance at their wedding. They get excited to learn anything new and interesting,” he said.
And people are all for this new trend. Swati Chaudhary, an animation designer by profession, and Sanjeet Chahal, who works as a relationship manager with a bank, are tying the knot on December 7. They have signed up for one such class, and feel it will also help them come closer to each other.
“We are very excited about our special day. Since our marriage is arranged, it was very important for us to know each other better. And what better than learning dance together,” Chahal said.