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Geet-sangeet is the soul of any Indian wedding. The Sangeet ceremony also called Ladies Sangeet is one of the most enjoyable ceremonies before the wedding. Earlier it used to be exclusively for women (and so the name - Ladies Sangeet) but with changing times, men have an equal participation. The ceremony is held few days before the wedding. Friends and family start collecting 5-10 days before the ceremony and practice their solo/group performances. Mostly some talented dancers among the family help the rest preparing their dance songs. In other cases professional dance teachers are hired to choreograph the dances.
Preparations begin by choosing the right song for everyone... one of the most agonizing decisions, and then the practice sessions. These practice sessions is a time for joy and merriment for everyone amidst the hectic hustling bustling activities of marriage. Finally the day arrives and with the little practice you've done, you dazzle the audience as you move to the beat of your song. The programme consists of multiple dance numbers... folk songs dedicated to marriage and bride, top hindi dance numbers, songs describing the excitement of the bride and groom since the time they got engaged, and may be some emotional songs where the bride and her mother experience the pangs of separation from each other.
The limelight for the day is the dance of the Bride and the Groom. This is the first time they dance together as a couple, symbolizing the beginning of a new life together. The song chosen for them adequately convey to the guests the unique bond they share. From a wedding guest's perspective it is always refreshing to see and hear an atypical song that obviously has a special meaning for the happy couple.
The programme generally ends with a small family performance where the whole family comes together on the stage to express the happiness. Finally the floor is left open for everyone to dance on the DJ.