The month-long ‘shaadi’ season came to a grand end on December 13 and with it, came the end of another maddening and overworked stretch for brass bands.
Even though singers have been banned from brass bands, due to police norms and the noise pollution they cause, not much can dampen the spirits of these bands.
“The moment the dulha comes out and sits on the ghodi, it’s the brass band’s obligation to play Aaj mere yaar ki shaadi hai,” says Vinod Bapukshisagar, of New Brass Band. “It’s the default opening song for a wedding since the past 25 years or so now.”
Several other old songs have an evergreen charm to them. No baaraat is complete without songs like Mehendi lagake rakhna, Bholi surat, Teri rab ne bana di jodi, Raja ki aayegi baaraat and Le jayenge le jayenge.
Every year, before the marriage season begins, the brass bands spend a chunk of their time in learning some of the chartbusters of the year, so they can play them if the public requests. The top song of 2009, that is unanimously being played by most brass bands is Dev D’s Emosanal attyachar since the song itself was composed with the help of a brass band.
“From the very first wedding of this season, we started getting a requests to play Emosanal attyachar, and we spent three days mastering it,” says New Brass Band’s Bapukshisagar.
Wanted’s Jalwa and Kaminey’s Dhan te nan follow close behind, but there are hardly any other songs this year that have impressed brass bands much. In fact, most brass bands aren’t too happy with the songs being churned out by Bollywood in the last decade.
Sheikh Naushad Chiragdin, a member in a brass band, says, “The trend of using electronic instruments in Bollywood is spelling doom for the bands. Unlike the old days, hardly anyone makes simple music that can easily be adapted by brass bands. It’s tough to get the sound that the electronic instruments create.”
Top songs of the last decade
Dil mein baji guitar (Apna Sapna Money Money)
Main nikla gaddi leke (Gadar)
Kajrare (Bunty Aur Babli)
Dard-e-disco (Om Shanti Om)
Dupatta tera (Partner)
Chance pe dance (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi)
Bhootni ke (Singh is Kiing)
Chartbusters of 2009
Emosanal attyachar (Dev D)
Dhan te nan (Kaminey)
Aaj mere yaar ki shaadi hai (Aadmi Sadak Ka)
Mehendi lagake rakhna (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge)
Bholi surat (Albela)
Teri rab ne bana di jodi (Suhaag)
Raja ki aayegi baaraat (Aah)
Le jayenge le jayenge (Chor Machaye Shor)
Yeh desh hai veer jawaano ka (Naya Daur)
Tan dole mera man dole (Nagin)
Mera naam chin chin chu (Howrah Bridge)