If you want to visit a part of the city where the wedding season never ends, head to Tagore Garden. Here, you will find the band market, which is lined with the offices of professional bands for hire, including the famous Jea band, which featured in Love Aajkal and other Bollywood films.
Most shops here are less than a decade-old; many are branches of much older shops in Lajpat Rai market and Karol Bagh. But, business here is booming, as weddings in the Capital get grander every year.
Pawan Sindhi, the director of the the firm, Sindhi Hira Nand, echoes the positivity of the market when he says, “We supply bands to 500-600 weddings in a year.” Sindhi Hira Nand, which was established in this area in 1991, were once ghoriwallahs (wedding horse suppliers). Founded in 1950 in Karol Bagh, they branched into bands eight years ago.
With marriages becoming more opulent, the demands of the customers have also changed. “Customers’ demands have changed now, they want more variety,” says Virender Chawla, MD of Chawla Band. So, the shop has started theme-based wedding arrangements. You can pick the Marwari theme, the Punjabi one or even get a customised Navy or Army theme. A while ago, Chawla Band used a “peacock theme” for the baraat, in which, a bandwallah was made to dress up as Lord Krishna and bless the groom.
The most popular band fads this year are umbrellas made entirely of flowers, which are carried by bandwallahs in the baaraat; and a mashaal (Rs 4,000) carried by the front row. The cheapest arrangement costs a minimum of Rs 10,000 and can go up multifold. You can also ask for much more, like uniforms, instruments, lighting, music, fireworks, and flowers. They even make arrangements for fancy cars to replace the traditional ghori (mare).
Other specialty markets
Kinaari Bazaar in Old Delhi is known to keep wedding decorations of all sorts
Chawri Bazaar is the one stop shop for wedding cards and houses hundreds of wedding card designers