• Ajay Manaktala

How To Plan an Awesome Sangeet (2019)

Updated: Dec 27, 2019

Do you want to know how to plan the best Sangeet from start to finish at your Indian wedding? This guide is for Indian Weddings in America but can also be used pretty much anywhere, especially at any five star (Hilton, Hyatt, Leel, Taj, etc.. type of hotel). Whether guest or groom, this should help you out.

Let's begin.

The best way to have a sangeet is everything below, but as you read remember the priority:

1. People need to memorize their dances, and you have to make it easy for them to. (I'll explain)

2. If you have 300 people, the dances need to not be longer than 40 minutes in total. (I'll explain)

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These have become the funnest events at Indian weddings!

1. What is a Sangeet?

In a nutshell, it's a dance party where your friends and family do anywhere between 3 and 10 dances for you as bride and groom. It's also where the bride and groom will dance for everybody else.

It's a rocking party, traditionally at a hotel ballroom or party venue. Imagine a wedding reception, before the wedding where you and your pals dance for your friends in 2 minute turns in front of 200 people!

2. What's the history on Sangeets?

Sangeet's originally started many years ago in Punjab, a part of India (where you see guys who have the turbans) and it was a set of dance performances in celebration of the married couple. Different groups of people from a small town or village would all get together, and dance off much like a modern day talent show.

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Groom goes nuts after his friends finish their dance for him

The bride and groom would sit in nice chairs and laugh and clap and feel the heartfelt effort, and then many times they would dance themselves along with their siblings and parents!

3. What Do You Need to Plan a Great Sangeet for Your Big Fat Indian Wedding?

  • A venue, often a hotel ballroom or community center

  • A list of people who are dancing, paired up in groups (e.g. cousins, college mates and colleagues, etc..)

  • Choreographed lessons for each group to get the dance steps down (done virtually via YouTube and Google Drive or WhatsAppthese days)

  • A DJ,

  • A dance floor and/or a large stage

  • a buffet

  • depending on your crowd, a huge bar/alcohol

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Now that's a fun Sangeet! Usually the dance floor, dinner and the bar keep rocking from the time dances are over at 10PM until 1AM!

4. How do I figure out Dances for my Sangeet?

First is song selection, and that's easy. Whatever tunes you like from the movies, and we have ideas for you on our blog as well.

But the real questions is..How do I make sure everyone learns their dances?

This is the money question! And we got you covered.

The most efficient, time saving and EFFECTIVE way to figure your sangeet choreography is NOT to call 50 people over and think you're going to choreograph 5 dances in a day. AND DO NOT WASTE VALUABLE TIME AT YOUR WEDDING DOING PRACTICE FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T EVEN KNOW ONE STEP.