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KAHE KO BYAHI BIDESH: Songs Of Marriage From The Gangetic Plains

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KAHE KO BYAHI BIDESH: Songs Of Marriage From The Gangetic Plains
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Item Code: IDF618
Author: Shakuntala Varma
Publisher: The Lotus Collection
Language: English
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 8174363572
Pages: 179
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.6" X 5.6"
From the Back of the Book:

The twenty-first century may have dawned but a wedding in the family is today as much as it was centuries ago. An occasion for joy celebration- and song. In Hindu families of UP and Bihar. There is a song for every occasion. Starting with an invocation to devi, the mother goddess, to bless the forthcoming nuptials, to vidai, songs of farewell as the bride leaves her father's home.

This treasure trove of songs representing an intangible heritage that is in serious danger of being lost to succeeding generations has been reproduced here for the first time in the original devanagiri script with an English translation by Shakuntala Varma,as she takes the reader through each step of a traditional wedding in the gangetic plains. There are songs to introduce the Banna (groom) and Banni (bride), songs for the Sehra or ceremony of the flower veil. Songs for the ghori or mare, and songs for Kanya Daan, the giving away of the bride. Songs mark the Saptpadi, the seven rounds of the fire the Suhag Raat or wedding night, and beyond- to the birth of the first born. The lilting songs of Sohar.

This is a book to cherish for it takes us back to our roots and preserve for future generations our rich cultural and social heritage which, if we are not careful, we may lose forever.

CONTENTS

Foreword Vii
Introduction Xi
DEVI- prayer to mother Goddess 1
TILAK 17
BANNA- The Bridegroom 25
BANNi- The Bride 44
HALDI- Turmeric Cermony 59
SEHAR- The Flower Veil 65
GHORI- The Mare 73
DWAR CHAR- Welcoming the Groom 81
MANDAP- The Wedding Conopy 87
INDIAN WEDDING 93
KANYA DAAN- Giving Away the Daughter 105
SHAPTPADI- Seven Rounds of the Fire 112
SINDOOR DAAN 119
SUHAG 129
VIDAI-Departure of the Bride 141
SOHAR- A child is Born 151
Glossary 179

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