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MEHENDI
MEHENDI

MEHENDI

Mehendi (or Henna) is an indispensable part of Indian weddings. The bride and her friends with their decorated hands surely become pretty subjects for any photographer. Traditionally, the ceremony was a family event where young girls applied henna on each other's hand, especially on bride's hand so that she looks pretty on the wedding night. Over time, the henna design has evolved as an art form and there are many professionals now who are hired for the event. So, you can see many intricate designs on such occasions.  It is a fun time for everyone. People sing, dance and celebrate time with the bride before she leaves for her new home.
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Bengali wedding
Bengali wedding

Bengali wedding

Indian weddings are known for being colourful. So, as a photographer, you hit the jackpot of awesome photos. I got mine when two of my close friends got married. I was not attending as a photographer but as a friend. That helped me have no pressure of covering all events (trust me, Indian weddings are long with lots of small ceremonies) and gave me the freedom to move around and capture at ease. I have shared very few selected images from the main wedding ceremony. You can find photos from Mehndi (henna on hands) and Haldi (turmeric on face) ceremonies in my portfolio too. India is a big country with many cultures. So, traditions and marriage ceremonies vary place to place. Nevertheless, there are some things which stand as the core of Indian weddings. I have tried to highlight them here using the selected images. A brahmin (priest) overlooks the entire ceremony and in most cases, the one who knows what to do during the rituals. It is important to note that the wedding takes places in front of the fire, which is considered sacred in Hindu culture. Another important part of the wedding is the exchange of garlands, which is more of a […]
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HALDI
HALDI

HALDI

Haldi ceremony is an important part of Hindu weddings. Haldi (turmeric) is considered sacred and applied both to the bride and the groom before the wedding ceremonies. All the family members participate in it and apply haldi in turns. So, you can expect to see yellow stuff all around.  Well, haldi is also considered good for skin and health in general. So, its health and fun hand in hand.  In this particular wedding, they had a small variation. So, you cannot find haldi being applied to the bride. On the other hand, they weave a thick rope (if I may call that) from a thread around the bride, which sort of represents the protection of the bride against evils. To me, it just gave a great shot. 🙂
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