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Traditional bridal wear for the modern times

Traditional bridal wear for the modern times

Indian traditional wear is of several kinds. We have sarees, salwar kameez and the all time favourite,  lehenga.

In a traditional Indian wedding, the women of the family can spend months on end deciding what to wear. However, the most time consuming and difficult decision to make is the bride’s wedding dress. She is bound to be the centre of attention and her outfit is what matters most.

For an Indian bride, especially the north Indian bride, the most favoured bridal outfit is the lehenga – a combination of long skirt (lehenga), blouse (choli) and stole (dupatta). So what are these latest trends in lehengas?

Lehenga designs

Lehenga with Gota embroideryWell, until a few years ago contemporary was in, but now, traditional lehengas suddenly seem to be in demand. Thanks to the latest movies and television shows, Indian brides are choosing to go all out the traditional way when it comes to choosing their bridal lehengas. For the uninitiated, a lehenga usually is a full pleated skirt in colours like orange, pink, red, maroon, green and yellow. The cut of the blouse (choli) has been modernised and you have everything from tight fighting corsets to bikini patterned tops. The blouse can also be backless or with strings, adding glamour to an otherwise traditional outfit. Halter necklines and strapless blouses are also in trend.

Lehenga Colour Combinations

Lehenga CholiThe entire lehenga outfit as a whole can be of matching colour combinations or contrasting colour combinations. For example, we can have an orange skirt with a red blouse and a red and orange stole, or you can have a pink skirt, with a red blouse and an orange stole. The latest trends in bridal lehengas also have the skirt being made up of multicoloured panels, so that there are several colours together.

Thus, the traditional look maintains its status quo albeit with a modern twist.

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Mangalasutra designs in South India

Mangalasutra designs in South India

Coorgi MangalsutraIyer and Iyengar Thaali

‘The sacred knot’ or the Mangala Sutra, also known in the South as ‘Thaali’ is the most Important symbol of an Indian  married woman in the North, West, East and most significantly South India, in both Brahmin and non-brahmin weddings. While the toe-rings, the red sacred powder, ‘Kumkum’ also are equally Important, the sacred thread or chain called ‘Mangala Sutra’ is the one that actually transforms the hitherto ‘Single’ status of the girl to a ‘Married woman’ or ‘wife’ of someone’!

Marathi MangalsutraMushti Kanti Mangalore

We normally refer to a wedding like this ‘The two have decided to tie the knot’ figuratively it refers to the sacred bonding for Life, together in pain and pleasure, in disease and well-being. Specifically though the turmeric dipped sacred ‘Thaali’  (in the South), is the first , sentimental , Vedic-rich Intimate touch  of the groom and the bride, when normally, the bride’s father gives away the bride in holy matrimony, to the man who becomes her husband, her partner and protector , for Life! This ritual is called ‘Kanyadan’ or ‘Kanyadaanam’ ( Tamil), which means giving away the daughter by the father. At weddings, especially in the South, it is the most awaited moment, by the bride’s parents, groom ‘s parents, as well as all the kith and kin present at the wedding Hall. The moment of hysteric and feverish excitement, with tears welling the eyes of the bride’ s mother , her close friends, and the bride herself are worth a watch! also there is a drastic twist in the note played by the musicians on the Nadaswaram, the beats  on the accompanying pair of drums ( called the ‘Thavil) have a particular moment of loudness ( as signalled by the Pundit or Poojari or the vadiyar who conducts the rituals). And yes! it has been tied around the bejeweled and heavily garlanded neck of the bride, and everyone is clapping, wishing each other, congratulations pouring from all the sides , and well-wishers and elders sprinkle rice grains soaked in haldi, or turmeric and Vermilon ( Kumkum or red sacred powder), to offer their love, blessings to the newly wed couple! Soon after the three knots are tied ( In  Brahmin Weddings, the first knot is tied by the groom and the rest 2 are tied by the sisters of the groom , further strengthening the bond with the new addition to their family). If the groom has one sister, she ties both the knots, and if he has two sisters they share the remaining two. If the groom is a single child with no siblings, then his cousin sisters get the right to tie the remaining knots!

Syrian Christian thaliTelugu Thaali

Soon after the thread with a holy pendant in gold ( the thaali) is tied, the groom puts around his brand new wife’s neck , yet another gold thaali where the chain is in pure gold with some opting for traditional designs, and others going for fashionable patterns of the chain, but the pendent or the locket remains the same for each caste conforming to its specifications! It is Indeed Interesting to understand and examine the differences in the Mangala Sutra patterns of different regions across India!

Before we examine the differences in the designs, it is critical to understand the Importance of ‘The Mangala Sutra’ or ‘Thaali’
Thaali being tied

The phrase ‘three knot tie’ literally means’ ‘an auspicious thread which is knotted around the bride’s neck’. It is usually a gold pendant strung from a yellow thread prepared with turmeric, a string of black beads or simply a gold chain. It is comparable to the wedding ring of the West. A married woman is expected to wear this thread and is the most important part of a Hindu marriage ceremony.

It is called Mangala Sutra in Maharashtra, தாலி (thaali) in Tamil, ತಾಳಿ (thaali) or ಮಾಂಗಲ್ಯ (Mangalyasutra) in Kannada and thaali (తాళి), maangalyamu (మాంగళ్యము), Mangalasutramu (మంగళసూత్రము) or pustelu (పుస్తెలు) in Telugu. Konkanis (Goansand others) wear three necklaces around their necks referred to as “Dhaaremani” or “Muhurtmani” (big golden bead), “Mangalasutra” with one or two gold discs and “Kasithaali” with gold and coral beads. In Malayalam it is simply referred to as “Thaali” in general and “Minnu” by Syrian Christians.

A ‘Thaali’ ( or “Minnu”) is also worn by the brides of Kerala’s Syrian Christian community. An engraving of the holy spirit is a distinguishing feature of the Syrian Christian Minnu. According to tradition, the families of the bride and the bridegroom contribute a piece of gold and melt it with the help of the family goldsmith. This is then used to make the rest of the necklace. The process of tying is assisted by a sister of the groom, as it is with other Hindu communities. During the wedding ceremony, the Minnu is held on and tied using a braided thread made by twisting together seven threads taken from the Manthrakodi (wedding saree).

The practice of wearing a mangala sutra is mainly followed in western Indian and south Indian states.
The Kashmiri Pandits have the distinction of being one of the few Hindu communities that does not have the Thaali as part of its wedding ritual.

Adi Shankara and Mangala Sutra

In his  famous book Soundarya Lahari  Adi Shankara has mentioned that as per Hindu cultural ethos, the Mangala sutra symbolizes the inseparable bond between a husband and a wife. During the wedding ceremony, the bridegroom ties the Mangala sutra to the neck of the bride uttering- “May you live long by wearing this sacred Mangal sutra, the reason of my life”. Married women are entitled to wear a Mangala sutra throughout their life as it is believed that the practice enhances the well-being of her husband and family. It is also believed that the Mangala sutra protects the marriage from any evil. Three knots symbolize three different aspects of a married woman – the first knot represents her obedience to her husband, the second to his parents and the third represents her respect for God.

Design Variations in Mangala Sutra region-wise: It is very Interesting to see the differences in the design patterns of Mangala Sutra chains across our country. While the Maharashtrian ‘Thaali’ or ‘Mangal Sutra’ is Intricately woven around black beads, and has two gold Inverted cups with  pinkish or red tiny stones on them at the centre , as a locket ( with the chain of varying length as per Individual choice), the South Indian Brahmin Thaali’ in Iyers  (followers of Lord Shiva), has a ‘Shivalingam’ on one said of the dome shaped pendant, and  next to it the figure of Madurai Meenakshi amman or goddess who symbolizes a perfect and holy matrimony with her husband Lord Sundareswarar, and in Vaishnavites or the Iyengars the dome shaped pendant is the same, but has the figurines of  ‘Sangu’ ( conch shell) and ‘Chakram’ ( the wheel), these symbolize the elegant arms of Lord Vishnu, and also has Goddess Lakshmi who is his wife.  The Chettiars are a Shaivite sect of merchants in Tamil Nadu, the central pendant (thaali) depicts Shiva with his consort Parvati.  The Mangalorean ‘Thaali’  has most definitely black beads woven on a gold chain and is alternated with either rounded or oval shaped Corals ( red, precious beads). The ‘Thaali ‘ of the Karnataka brides is similar with black beads and gold with a pendant, and may either have corals or not. The ‘Karnataka’ Mangal Sutra of the Smartha and Madhwa Brahmins bear a striking resemblance to the Maharashtrian Thaali,  since  Pandharpur, Belgaum, etc are on Maharashtra border, so  most customs are similar, like the  green glass bangles, along with her gold bangles, worn  by the bride on the wedding day. The ‘Coorgi’ thaali is very very majestic and typical band-like chain with huge rounded beads that symbolize the ‘Malanad  or Kodagu Warrior ‘ community.  The Thaali is called ‘Pathaak’ and it is tied by the bride’s mother around the bride’s neck. The Kerala bride usually wears a simple ‘Thaali’ in gold with a tiny leaf as its pendant, and the figurine of baby Krishna at the center ( Krishna is the undisputed Lord for the Keralites). The Syrian Christians of  Kerala also adorn a thaali besides the wedding ring, but with a cross at the center.

The essence of Mangala Sutra or Thaali:  Whatever be the design or figurines Inscribed on the sacred chain worn by a bride on her wedding day, called the ‘Mangala Sutra’ or ‘Thaali’ the underlying essence is the bonding of the bride  with her spouse for life, in the best or worst situation.
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Buzz in the Gourmet supply chain!

 

Is it a fact that the Indian food industry is way behind the developed countries in all aspects? Where do we start? Packing, hygiene, quality of vendors, consistency of supply and so on. Hoteliers are keen on  quality of the produce and constantly pushing their vendors to be at their best. When the vendors can’t hit the critical quality – some groups like The Oberoi produces its own home-grown fruits and vegetables just how the fast food giant McDonalds does for their potatoes. More so getting the quality cheese has always been a challenge, hence the industry heavily rely on the European sources. While the fresh vegetables, cheese and meat are up for a toss- the cold chain supply chain is not great news either. Groups like The Ashoka do not mind investing or paying higher price to pick vendors who are technically equipped. However not just a great database management system, and an uniform quality food supply could bring a new dawn – but one would need a quality man power, enable technology and also the hotels should be flexible with the new entrants in the local market- it will not only get the new vendors to be at the best but they will also ensure a constant quality supply, as far as they don’t overcook themselves on the orders.

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The style of celebration of the smallest function to the biggest, from an Engagement to a ritual-filled 2 to 3 day marriages, from baby shower to baby christening and Ayush homam (first birthday of a baby), the trends and  styles in India, especially in South India, Chennai in particular has come a long way since the 80s ! what began as marriages at the local temple or big houses changed to booking affordable halls in strategic locations, with any South Indian wedding lasting a good 3 days, with all the rituals in keeping with the South Indian traditions, the Mantras, the wedding trousseau, the catering, the  menu, the henna ( mehendi application for the bride), et al! The media, the TV channels, the way daily soaps presented weddings in style , the change in every area became very natural and rapid.

The 90s saw bigger halls, bigger-budget weddings , with a lot of funfare, show, pomp and change in the process of celebration, the 2000s saw a phenomenal change in the style of weddings in the  South, In fact every little family occasion was done only at huge and designer halls, with hefty rents and long wait for booking, especially with customized choice of location and features offered by halls in Chennai.

The trend of event celebrations have become so different and expensive, with hikes in family Incomes, and the resulting lifestyles, earlier families always lived and married within India or sometimes the same state. Now, there is at least one or both children studying, working or settling in the US, or UK, or far east. They say ‘ The farther you go from  home the firmer get your roots’ so this being the case, every NRI wants to book a hall of his choice with respect to his location, specs and price, so the best and the ultimate solution to the tiring search for halls in chennai, the tedious ceremony of contacting the hall owners , striking a deal, for every ceremony lies in a portal that is user-friendly, quick and so customized that one chooses one’s hall at one’s price. This is further eased by the mobile applications developed and marketed by Chennai based Caladium Systems Pvt Ltd, whereby an Android application on a mobile links, connects a prospect hall booker, to the hall owner all on a call. www.chennaihalls.in with brand ‘Ahaa’ and the Unique concept in Reverse Marketing ‘Ur Hall, Ur Price’ is the need of the hour, for both Indians who want to dismiss the ordeal of hall booking as well as the NRIS who desire to conduct all family occasions at a decent hall, of their choice. So, if you are an NRI, looking for a good hall, in a specific area, at your cost this is the link. If you are a Chennai based person who has a small budget for a wedding , and need it in a specific location this is your link, don’t think, just log in , www.chennaihalls.in    your hall, all yours in 60 minutes.

 

 

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Halls in Chennai, Online Booking, Real-time Availability

Caladium Systems recently launched its portal, www.chennaihalls.in, for the benefit of the citizens of Chennai. It is an effort to bring all the 1000 odd halls in Chennai, mini halls, party halls. banquet halls and marriage halls (kalyana mandapams) put together. ChennaiHalls.in was soft-launched on the 3rd of June, 2013.

Halls Chennai, Online Availability and Instant Booking

marriage Halls in ChennaiAHAA or Automated Hall Availability and Administration is a unique place on the world wide web. Here, you are clear of the hassle of booking your hall, for whatever purpose.

Real-time availability information of all the member halls, is a special feature. Booking your favourite hall is now as easy as ABC. Check for Availability of your hall, Book your hall by paying an advance amount, Confirm your hall by paying the remaining amount at the property.

Types of Hall in the inventory

Marriage halls in Chennai

Over 150 marriage halls in Chennai city are covered by Chennaihalls.in. This includes marriage halls ranging from Rs. 10,000 to Rs,10,00,000 per day. Marriage halls in Chennai, which can accommodate from 100 to over 5000 people are included in the online marriage hall booking facility.

Mini halls in Chennai

Small functions, betrothal, upanayanam, shastiabdhapoorthi and so on do not need the elaborate facilities and infrastructure of large marriage halls. To accommodate small events, Chennai Halls have enrolled over 50 mini halls in Chennai. Celebrate in grand choice, with online booking and real-time availability, covering all four corners of the grand old city.

Banquet halls in Chennai

When your celebration requires that extra dose of grandeur, you have the luxury of choosing from over 150 banquet halls in Chennai, based on your intention and on the size of the hole you are willing to burn on your pocket. A wide variety of banquet halls, with delicious mouth watering menus on the cards, with the choicest vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, all that can be decided from the comfort of your living room. This facility only available with Chennai Halls, where you instantly block your preferred dates and get preferential treatment from the hosts.

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Air-conditioned marriage halls, mini halls, party halls and banquet halls are also part of the bouquet of Chennai Halls. Over 150 air-conditioned halls in Chennai are included for the discerning customer, mindful of the comfort of their guests in the bustling heat of Chennai.

Marriage services vendor directory

In any occasion, food plays a major part. Chennai Halls has an installed marriage services directory, which includes a preferred list of caterers, known for their quality and service. The list also includes vendors for the entire range of requirements, such as mehandi design, make over, chariot, floral decoration, bands and so on, all chosen carefully based on user feedback to facilitate customer satisfaction.

We encourage you to visit ChennaiHalls.in, choose your preferred dates, from your favourite halls in Chennai, select your preferred vendors and celebrate your function without the hassle.





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