No important celebration in India is complete without a live band. Every one gets invited; I mean absolutely every one. In India, an intimate party is less than one hundred people. Most of these festivities take place right on the street, as in the case of weddings, often transforming the street into an elaborate, carpeted and canopied party venue.
It is the musicians, though, who rally the guests and create the upbeat mood. Their skills vary depending on the price paid and sometimes how remote their location is.
Sometimes I have been formally invited to these parties and other times I just happened to walk by and have been encouraged to join in, as in the case of the photo shown above. Indian hospitality is legendary.
These street celebrations are a delight to chance upon but if your hotel room is next to one and you have an early train to catch, you may feel differently. As the saying goes, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”