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How wedding rings make Lahore dance

Lahore: In Lahore, no wedding ceremony procession is taken into account full when the groom arrives on the groom’s home for the marriage with out the marriage band main the baraat (wedding ceremony social gathering of kinfolk).

Though there are quite a few wedding ceremony bands within the metropolis, together with military and police wedding ceremony bands, two conventional bands have managed to outlive for greater than a century and are nonetheless the primary alternative for any wedding ceremony. Jehangir (Alamgir) Band and Soni Band are nicely versed in classical music and may play any raag or film track.

The demand for these bands is so nice in the course of the wedding ceremony season (November to March) that they should be booked a minimum of two to a few months upfront.

They put on superbly embellished uniforms and gracefully transfer in single file in two parallel traces in entrance of Baraat. Folks bathe them with cash (notes from 10 to 1,000 rupees) that are collected by just a few assistants.

Jehangir band is the oldest marriage band. The inspiration of this band was laid by Jehangir Khan in Amritsar in 1860. Now it’s run by his great-grandson Adnan Aurangzeb after being managed by his grandfather Ustad Alamgir, uncle Ustad Ali Khan and father Ustad Shahjahan Khan. He’s the fourth technology. The band moved to Lahore after the division of the subcontinent.

Adnan stated Ustad Jahangir Khan was a grasp of flute whereas his grandfather was a grasp of clarinet.

“Pakistan offered Ustad Gulam Hassan Shaggan with quite a few awards together with Delight of Efficiency (Pakistan’s most prestigious award) and Sitara-e-Imtiaz (2000) (Star of Excellence).

“I bear in mind the day my father was awarded the Delight of Efficiency in 1988, together with a money prize of Rs 25,000 (Dh872).

“There’s not some huge cash on this enterprise, as you possibly can see we have at all times rented our workplace and follow room. I would not need my son to proceed on this enterprise, nevertheless it’s his alternative,” Adnan stated. Immediately the Jehangir Band has 16 musicians.

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Gulam Muhayyudin, who has the identical identify as his grandfather, now leads the opposite fashionable band referred to as Soni Band. “My grandfather Gulam Muhayyudin laid the muse for the Soni band in 1939,” he stated.

Muhayyudin stated his grandfather obtained a job at His Grasp’s Voice (HMV), a well-known report firm, when he was 16. “He was the one individual in British India who might play 5 devices completely. He has been invited to report movie songs in Banaras, Bombay, Delhi and Lahore.

“When he was main his band of Lakshmi Chowk, a director from All India Radio stopped his automobile and requested him to carry out on the Dussehra competition within the Lohari Gate space. After that efficiency, the Soni band by no means seemed again and have become the discuss of the city.

“We’re proud to say that we’re the main band in Lahore and are invited to carry out at weddings from varied cities throughout Pakistan. The marriage season lasts solely 4 to 5 months however has a big clientele. We earn within the season and may reside comfortably even when there aren’t any capabilities to carry out. We earn all yr. I lead the band by taking part in the clarinet like my father and grandfather,” stated Mohyyuddin.

Music critic and promoter of singers and music bands Zahid Khan stated each bands are a part of Pakistan’s wealthy cultural heritage.

“These bands play musical devices, all of that are English, however the music they produce is classical and conventional. All musicians first obtain coaching in classical music. They begin coaching on the age of six or seven in order that after they develop up they are going to be excellent and capable of play all of the tunes. These bands made their very own compositions, which is their energy. They’re true artists and the federal government ought to promote them internationally,” Zahid stated.


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