I have been attending quite a few marriage receptions recently, and at least in the cities not all of them blare the music with the loudest available speakers. But it does happen with quite a few marriage receptions, in South India.
When I was younger, this was even more prominent. A live music band will be performing at the venue of the reception and they’d hire the biggest loud speakers possible so that the entire street gets their free dose of entertainment for that night. In fact the real estate values and rentals around marriage halls are quite less, if you have noticed!
Sarcastically, they’d call it ‘light music’!
The ‘Mangala Isai’ that plays out in the morning is much better. It plays for a short time using traditional instruments like Nadaswaram, Mirudangam, etc just before and after the sacred thread is tied. Perhaps people don’t have much time in the mornings.
But that relative modesty is compensated for, in the evening. From the moment you enter the reception hall, you’ll be greeted with the music, not the host! It seems people use this musical cue to identify marriage halls at new locations. They drive in the direction that has increased volumes of music. So, even if the GPS fails to function, there is no problem!
One gets to see a lot of relatives after a long time during marriage receptions. But you cannot talk much with them because even if you do, they cannot hear! The music is so loud that you can only gesture to each other. Perhaps you can use the 5 second intervals between the various songs to say hi and how are you. Thats pretty much the time you get!
I enquired why they use the Mangala isai, in the mornings. Someone told me that during the time of tying the sacred thread, conversations involving a negative tone should not be heard. Thats why. So, I am guessing maybe thats the reason they use blaring music in the evenings as well? On a hindsight, maybe its good? Maybe we can escape from the judgmental and insanely insightful comments of the relatives 🙂
A second reason it seems, has to do with the status symbol.
“My relative had 8000 Watt speakers for their daughters wedding”
“So how much do you have?”
“Of course ours has to be better than that. I think its 12000 Watts”
12000 Watts?? We used only 10000 Watts for our School Cultural fest in an acoustically designed sound absorbing auditorium that can accommodate far more people than the little reception halls!!
I don’t know how it is in the North India, but from what I have heard I can pretty much picturise a large Discotheque. South India is catching up, and people have already started jiving to the tunes after the elders are sent to eat. Within a decade, I guess we would also catch up 🙂 😉 🙂