When I first saw this video it brought a smile to my face. The wedding entrance dance has become a trend in western weddings but this was the first time I was seeing it in a Hindu wedding. For me I preferred her coming out with the gals as i didn’t get the part with the boys and found that cheesy.
Now while in general most people like me have liked the video, theres another minority bunch who are critising the video on the basis of culture. To all of them I’d like to ask you what culture are we talking about?
Culture is manmade and has been changed to fit the whim and wants of men across centuries.
If we are such upholders of culture, how did the sacred art of bharathanatyam and temple dancers into prostitution? It took a women centuries later to go against culture to revive back Bharatanatyam!
And when did this revival happen? In the 1930s!!!!! Before that you were looked down if you were a bharatanatyam dancer. Where were our people and culture when they made the sacred artform disrespectful?
Did you know that according to Hinduism there is a third gender? That would be transsexuals. All this changed when the British arrived in India and began treating them disrespectfully and creating laws to imprison transsexuals. So how did our culture change then when this has been in our legend and scriptures. Take Ayyapan’s legend – who are his parents? Vishnu and Siva – as the asura had asked for a boon where he cannot be killed by one who parents are male and female!
My question is will this culture question have arised if the bride had danced kohlatam or bharatanatyam?
How come its okay to dance when we do thirukalyanam? Don’t people sit and dance at the weddings or hare rama Krishna festivals?
The only difference in this brides wedding was the songs were cinema songs but look at the songs. There was nothing wrong with the lyrics or the way the bride danced. Everything was done respectfully. If she was to have done the same moves to a kolattam song, all of you would have gone why thats so great.
Cinema music is popular and it is the fault of parents and their own generation for not teaching carnatic music, bhajans, thevarams, folk songs to their kids. If the children had grown to love those songs and music they would have picked those songs to dance for instead.
Culture is manmade and it has changed so much over the yugams as man becomes more and more critical about others. For those who would like to question this please tell me why did culture prostitute temple dancers and now mistreats transsexuals?
To the bride and groom – nice one and congrats. To future brides or grooms who would like to do these at your wedding, please hire me to be your photographer. I would love to shoot such a fun wedding ;p
ps: the wedding was in Singapore.
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