The Street Musicians of India

Band Member

Band Member

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.

Heart Felt Procession

Heart Felt Procession

Waiting to Play

Waiting to Play with Dog

Blue Band

Blue Band

Dancing in the Streets

Dancing in the Streets

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.

Musician with Tube Lights

Musician with Tube Lights

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.”


About ninagrandiose

I am based in NYC but travel regularly to India and Mexico. Both of these countries feel like home. In India I scour the country in search of fabulous textiles to incorporate into my clothing designs. I sit back and let the ambiance and wonder of India seep into my consciousness so I can be inspired to write about what India is for me. I bring a limited number of people to India on exclusive and intimate tours of my favorite hangouts. In Mexico I take in the natural beauty that surrounds me and dance the night away. I constantly give thanks for all this and am pleased to share it all with you.
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5 Responses to The Street Musicians of India

  1. Srishty says:

    You are right, Indian hospitality is legendary, and these wedding processions can get exhausting at times, no? Especially for foreigners 🙂

  2. I love street musicians whether in India or in Latin-America where there is an abundance of street bands. Great photos, Nina.

  3. ninagrandiose says:

    Thanks for being there, Otto, and actually taking the time to look at my blog. I genuinely value your comments. I am in India and it is going to be difficult to be 100% there.

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