Weddings in North India are never complete until the family members of the bride and groom dance, often to the tune of popular Bollywood songs. Brass bands are hired to play at the wedding procession in which the groom’s family dances all the way to the wedding venue where the bride’s family waits to receive them.
A procession, known as a ‘Barat,’ is usually accompanied by bright lights, fireworks, loud music and dancing. The brass bands normally play a mix of Indian and western musical instruments and the members of the band, who come together during the wedding season, earn around $10-12 per wedding. Delhi-based photographer Mansi Thapliyal wanted to take a closer look at the musicians and find out more about who they are, what they do when they’re not entertaining wedding guests and what their day-to-day struggles are. – Photos by Reuters