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After dispute over ‘band-baaja’, bride’s father returns ‘baarat’ 

The argument over arrangement of orchestra resulted in a free-for-all situation with friends and relatives from both the sides exchanging blows and manhandling each other

lucknow Updated: May 22, 2017 15:32 IST
Sudhir Kumar
A panchayat was called where both the sides returned gifts, cash and jewellery they had exchanged earlier
A panchayat was called where both the sides returned gifts, cash and jewellery they had exchanged earlier(HT representational image)

What’s better for a wedding: a DJ or a band?

The dilemma was potent enough to break-up a wedding in Cholapur village, an hour’s drive from Varanasi, on Friday.

Ramsevak, the father of the bride, and Kamla Prasad, the groom’s dad, had worked out the finances for the ceremony and decided the man’s side would pay for entertaining the guest.

On Friday, according to schedule, the ‘baarat’ reached Cholapur and was given a warm welcome. Some of the rituals were performed at the ‘janwaasa’, where arrangements were made for the guests’ stay.

Soon, the guests proceeded to dance to the tunes played by the disk jockey.

“While the groom’s friends danced to the DJ, the bride’s father accused the groom’s family of not fulfilling the promise of arranging an orchestra for the function,” said Cholapur station officer Vinay Prakash.

Orchestra is a term used in North India for wedding ensembles.

The groom’s father, police said, believed that when the marriage was fixed there was no mention of an orchestra.

Not convinced, the bride’s father threatened to call off the marriage and the argument snowballed into a fight

A resident nearby called the police, which pacified the two sides.

The police advised them to find an amicable solution but they refused to relent. The ‘baraat’ returned with the promise of taking the matter to panchayat.

A panchayat was called at Cholapur on Saturday where both the sides returned gifts, cash and jewellery they had exchanged earlier.

The Cholapur station officer said both sides decided not to solemnise the marriage and added that no written complaint was filed.