Here are pictures of a marriage I nearly missed in my village in Kotgarh. These pictures are of the day when the new bride is introduced to the family clan. I was just in time to catch up with the festivities. Once all the guests leave, it is the turn of the family members to be introduced and to welcome the new member in the family. The highlight of the day is when the bride dances with the ladies in the family. A nice way to get the bride adjust in the new surroundings. Mind you it’s a day full of fun for everyone in Kotgarh.
The Natti is started by the male members. A wake up call for the ladies to join too 🙂 as the ladies are still busy inside the house. Marriages in Kotgarh are marked with fun and gaiety.
And the Natti picks up tempo. Kids too join the party.
Finally, it is all ladies affair now. That is the bride and the mother-in-law dancing at number 1 & 2. First step of welcoming the new member in the family. This natti goes on for hours.
Ladies all decked in pahari attire. This dress is called resta with a sleeveless jacket called saluka. The lady in the second pic (from left) is a former Indian women cricketer. Kotgarh ladies look smart. Don’t they?
The bajanntris (musicians) play a very important role in the whole marriage. They are bade farewell after this ceremony.First pic from left is of a karnal, in the middle is the toori, a localised shehnai and the entire crew in the last pic.
Pictures of the valley around the village in Kotgarh with Satluj making it’s way, the mountains and the Himalayas just across.
And here is Kaveri, the daughter practicing sliding at home in Kotgarh on her own. The girl has got rid of the initial fear of the slide. Two and a half years old and the girl has started enjoying the life now.