Hollywood funny guy Adam Sandler isn’t the only wedding singer in action while the bride and groom exchange vows. He now has company in Delhi’s jazz, rock and fusion collectives. Seen as the new entertainers at the big, fat Indian weddings, Delhi-based music acts are now making hay while the moon shines.
Rohit Kulkarni, 21, for instance, performed for a crowd of music lovers at his friend Mohit’s wedding. He decorated his blues/rock set with tracks by heavyweights like The Beatles and Pink Floyd. “I’ve performed at Café Morrison in the past and also with Delhi bands like Crimson and Emperor Minge. But playing at the wedding was a different experience. I enjoyed every bit of it. I’m open to such gigs in future, too,” he says.
Akashdeep of India Wedding Planners says, “Music bands are the hottest entertaining units at weddings. While jazz and fusion acts like Rajasthan Roots and the lesser-known Musafir and Oceanic are preferred at weddings, rock acts like Parikrama and Agni are hired for bachelor parties.”
Akash feels these bands are fast replacing DJs at weddings. “People don’t want to burn the dance floor at weddings anymore. They want to sit back, chat and listen to ambient sounds that set the mood for the evening. That’s fuelling this trend,” he adds.While a jazz or blues act finds takers in the ‘crème crowd’, youngsters prefer living it up with rock and alternative collectives. Pankaj Bindal of Showmakerz, says. “Jazz and blues has come up in a big way. Till now restricted to corporate gigs, we’re now helping bands fetch plum wedding assignments. A good rock/pop/jazz collective can fetch anywhere between Rs 50,000 to Rs 1.5 lakh per show.”
However, it’s not just foreign music that sells. Bindal says city-based bands like Karma and Sixth Sense, which cover Bollywood songs, are also minting money at shaadis.