Indian Sangeet: Sandy and Andy’s spectacular pre-wedding celebration
The Quorn Lodge Hotel, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
E arlier this month I had a fantastic evening photographing Sandy and Andy’s Sangeet, a traditional Indian pre-wedding celebration, at the Quorn Lodge Hotel in Leicestershire.
I’d been looking forward to this for a while – I’ve always loved the vibrance and sheer exuberance of Indian culture and I’ve had amazing times as a guest at Indian weddings, but never before as a photographer. Luckily for me, this Sangeet didn’t disappoint, from the moment Sandy arrived looking stunning in a pink and gold Indian dress, with her hands already beautifully decorated, I was permanently busy, with wonderful moments to photograph appearing one after another.
Highlights for me included Sandy’s relatives arriving, singing and smiling and dressed in their wonderfully colourful saris; the incredibly intricate and yet rapidly applied henna painting; the Chuda, a ceremony where bangles and other adornments were placed on the brides wrists by close members of the family and perhaps best of all, the Jaggo.
The Jaggo (and I hope I get this right, do let me know if not!) is a Punjabi ceremony where the bride’s family dance and sing to encourage others to join the wedding. In this case, the beautiful singing slowly gave way to dancing, and ultimately to dancing with the khadaa, a kind of clay pot that is held above the head. The thing that is hardest to describe is the sheer joy of this moment – dancing is an understatement, as the DJ let rip with some Punjabi Bhangra, the dance floor exploded as the pot was passed from head to head. The most wonderful thing was that everyone, from the youngest to the oldest joined in, and I’d argue it was the older generations that taught the younger a dance move or two!
I’d like to thank Sandy and Andy for giving me the opportunity to photograph such a wonderful evening. Wedding photos will follow soon!
Just some of my favourites from Sandy and Andy’s pre-wedding Indian Sangeet: