An Indian wedding cannot be without music and songs, shor sharraba, band and baja! If that were the case, it would simply not be an Indian wedding. A wedding in India has to be vibrant. There are movies galore depicting the Indian wedding to give you an idea of how awaited and musical these events are.
There is a huge selection of Indian wedding music available to use. I guess one needs to make a selection based on the audience – the age groups, village urban divide and on whether it is a wet or dry affair - all contributing factors.
To those who do not know this, the DJ (disk jockey) is now a standard part of the sangeet and India probably has the largest DJ population.
Some of the really old numbers that have been played at weddings over the past 50 are the top numbers per my list. Here are some of them:
Babul Ki Duaayen Leti Ja – Captures the emotion of a father losing his daughter to a groom; originally sung by Mohamad Rafi.
Le Jayange – Fun filled song sung from the grooms side that says that he will take the bride. Originally sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle and from the movie Chot Machaye shor, this is one of those bandmaster delights.
Mehdi Laga Ke Rakhna – from Dilwali Dulhniya this was sung by Lata and Udit and is one of the alltime favorites.
Joote De do paise leh loh – A fun filled peppy number that talks about the stealing of the grooms shoes during the pheras. This is from the movie Hum Aapke Hain Kaun.
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi – Name of the movie and song, a fun filled modern day number.
Punjabi songs that are bhangra based are now universally loved all over India and their rhythm and catchy tunes make them the ideal foot tapping music to be played at weddings. Infact Bollywood music of late should be called as Pollywood music due to the large number of Punjabi song releases. This music brings in cheer and appeals to both the old and young alike. Here are some evergreen peppy Punjabi numbers –
Soni De nakhre – teasing the bride about her nuances.
Ma Da Ladla – This foot tapping number from Dostana is played always.