The Dream Sangeet Ceremony with a Bollywood Twist
Remember the time when the sangeet ceremony used to be a modest gathering, closely knit with immediate family and some friends? Neither do we, because it sounds so alien to us now. The fad is over-the-top and boisterous ceremonies where more is most definitely less! Bollywood movies such as Kal Ho Na Ho and Hum Aapke Hain Kaun started the trend of unrealistic expectations for sangeet ceremonies and movies such as Shandaar and Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani have provided the final blow. The era of ladies sitting with dholkis and crooning folk songs has been smoothly replaced by the era of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa-esque sangeet ceremonies topped with chart buster songs, glamorous performances, and appropriate props. Everyone wants their sangeet to be a mini Bollywood musical (with the key theme being: “Entertainment, Entertainment, Entertainment”) and go all out trying to make it happen. We’ve come up with a guide to help you achieve exactly that:
- The Choreographer
And no, we don’t mean Sharma uncle’s daughter or Pammi Aunty’s son who took dance classes or are self-proclaimed dancers. We mean a professional choreographer who knows exactly what he/she is doing and can deliver. This is the key to a memorable sangeet. A professional will judge the dancing abilities and decide steps accordingly, which eases out things widely. Choreographers charge a hefty amount, so who has to be hired can be decided based on the budget.
- The Practices
Once the choreographer has been finalized, ensure that regular practices are scheduled because coordinating with such a big bunch of people is no cakewalk, it possesses the ability to drive you insane. Better practice = less chance of stage goof-ups.
- The Props
The ultimate way to leave a lasting impression on all your guests is by incorporating quirky and fun props to your performances such as scooters and cycles adorned with garlands, LED sunglasses, dupattas, lungis, balloons, party poppers etc. It also adds a visual aesthetic appeal to your dances.
- The Theme
A theme really brings the whole show together and should be decided based on distinctiveness and relativity. “A theme is created to begin with. Following which we diagram the décor of core areas like entrance, stage, seating, dinner area seating, linens, dance floor, flowers, lightning thematically” explains Anway P Bhoite, creative head of DreamzKraft events.
5. The X-factor
To really make the party rejoice and go wild, you can add a little element of surprise or ‘masala’, which is a sure shot way of making your sangeet: The Sangeet of the Millennium. Head of Marketing at Tradition in Trendz events says, “Using props, dancers from foreign origin, various fire acts, foreign acrobats, neon effects during performances, different entry plans for the bride and groom, for example, the bride coming out from a 9 feet lotus or a heart shaped structure are the latest trends for sangeet”.
So gear up, dance with confidence, smile your most dazzling smile and make KJo proud by unleashing the most extravagant bollywood junkies in you.