Apoorva & Subhash
by Prasad jindam
Tamil Brahmin Weddings are one of my favourite to shoot. Apart from being rooted in traditional rituals and customs, they are filled with small yet fun moments which help break the monotony of the intense wedding atmosphere.
Right from the ‘Mapillai Azapu’ (literally translated as “ "welcoming the groom), the 'Kasi Yatra' to the 'Maalai Maatral' (exchange of garlands between the bride and the groom) that ended up right outside the banquet courtyard, Apoorva & Subash’s wedding was full of laughter and joy.
However, One of the main highlights of their wedding was the ‘Nalangu’ - the evening of the marriage day where the newlywed wife calls her husband for play, inviting him through a song. Much to the merriment of all gathered, here follows a series of playful games. The bride anointing the groom’s feet with colour paste, fanning him, showing him a mirror, breaking papads over each other’s head, wrenching the betel pack from each other’s hands, rolling the coconut from one to another as in playing ball and so on. During these events, the women from the family (read cute Pattis) sing songs, making fun of the bride, the groom and the in-laws. These events bring out the qualities of the bride and the groom’s sporting spirit, kindness, co-operative nature thus surfacing the hidden traits for the other to note and bringing about better understanding and compatibility.
Thank you Apoorva and Subash for letting me be a part of your lovely wedding. A special thanks to Subash's brother, Sandeep for introducing me to these lovely people. Here are a few of my favourite moments from their big day!
P R A S A D J I N D A M
A student of the J J School of Applied Arts In Mumbai, took into photography after over a decade working as an art director in Advertising agencies like Ogilvy, McCann, Rediff and so on..