• Mangal geet

    Mangal is a genre of wedding songs sung by the women of Kumaon and Garhwal.

    Track Information :
    Performer(s) : Marchha (bhotiya) women from Chamoli.
    Collection : Ragini Deshpande


    Lagnageet is a genre of wedding songs from Gujarat, typically sung by women.

    Track Information : 'Gham gham vage ghoongaro' : The song is sung by the groom's family. The bells attached to the groom's horse ring, signalling his arrival.
    Performer(s) : Sabhiben Ahir, Daneti, Kutch, Gujarat.
    Collection : Soorvani Collection


    Dantem refers to the grinding stone, and the songs are named so since they are sung while grinding rice and flour for making sweets during the wedding. These songs are of the Nava Hindu Gavda community of Goa, sung in Konkani. The songs often describe the process of grinding and making sweets, and are prayers for the welfare of all concerned.

    Track Information : "Attarecher madun ge danttear kel’le pitt", performed by the women of Nauxin village, Goa. Recorded during a wedding in Nauxin.
    Performer(s) : Women of Nauxin village, Goa.
    Collection : ARCE - Archives and Community Partnership

    Wedding Songs of Langas and Manga...

    Wedding songs constitute a large part of the repertoire of the musician communities of the Manganiar and Langa. As they are a part of the 'jajmani' patronage system, one of their obligations is to attend and sing at various occasions and rituals of the patron's weddings.

  • Singhola Ban

    Singhola Ban is a genre of wedding songs from Haryana. These songs are sung mostly by the older women of the family, but younger girls also join along from time to time.

    Track Information : "Ere pujan ko Bhagwaan bana ma madir". This song is a prayer asking God to protect and shine his light on the wedding occasion. It describes how God is present everywhere, even in the groom's turban and his tie protecting him at all times.
    Performer(s) : Women of Jharsa village, Haryana.
    Collection : Bonnie Wade


    Erss are wedding songs of the Christian Gavda community of Goa. They are often sung in praise of the bride and her beauty, and wish her well for her future life. Erss are sung at various times during the wedding, to welcome the bride and bridegroom or while grinding rice for making the traditional sweets for the wedding. The word "Erss" is said to have come from the word "Verse".

    Track Information : "Vhoru cholon aila", in Konkani, is sung by Amelia Dias and Party . It is probably the most commonly sung erss.
    Performer(s) : Amelia Dias and Party
    Collection : ARCE - Archives and Community Partnership