The sangeet ceremony, as the name suggests, is all about music and dancing. Puja’s Sangeet ceremony took place early this year at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. Pinewood Studios is one of the world’s leading destinations for the makers of film, television, commercials and video games. The 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios was built to house the massive Liparus supertanker set for “The Spy Who Loved Me”. It was a great privilege to have photographed this colourful musical Sikh sangeet night at Pinewood Studios.
The evening started with Puja’s family welcoming the guests followed by a sit down meal reception in the grand hall. The bangle ceremony also known as Choora ceremony and took place accompanied by the ladies singing some traditional Sikh folk songs. The ceremony is performed by the bride’s uncle giving her choora (21 bangles of a red and cream color) which are bathed in lassi (yoghurt milk) and rosewater. After putting on the choora the uncle covers it with a shawl (subar) which represents breaking away from the maternal family and home. Kaliras (silver and gold hanging ornaments) are tied on the bangles by everyone blessing bride. Before leaving the room the bride touches one of her female friends with kalirah, and it is said that whosever head it falls on, will be the next to get married. After the Choora ceremony Puja, her friends and family members danced the night away.
There were so many special moments during this celebration, and I share some of those with you below. If you are having a Sikh, Hindu, Asian or Indian wedding celebration in and around London and are looking for an Asian wedding photographer to capture your ceremony, then get in touch to chat about your requirements.