Young man, blow your horn

Shadi ki band

The Indian wedding band. A loud, esoteric and wonderful institution. Is this man is playing a trom-pet. Or a trum-bone? I can’t tell.

During the groom’s procession at a typical wedding, a show of music, dancing, firecrackers, lights and is headlined by the band. It’s not clear, honestly, how much musical training these guys have, but they huff and puff and bang and harangue.

All good fun.

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Random party breaks out on long train journey

Impromtu train carriage show

During a train ride from Delhi to Pune in November, the berth just opposite my bunk happened to be filled with random musicians. WIth encouragement from much of the rest of the carriage, they took to song for several hours in the middle of our overnight journey.

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Actually sang me to sleep at one point. Click play above to listen.

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Taking off the headphones

I spend a lot of time listening to music — from Decemberists to Blackalicious to James Blunt to Dispatch. I have noise-blocking headphones, so I can usually tune out the din of Delhi, and in particular, the city’s carsmotorcyclestrucksscooters whose drivers honk incessantly.

But every now and then, something breaks my reverie. Usually, I’m annoyed at the loud offender. Not so, yesterday at Lodi Gardens, when I was pleasantly interrupted by a chorus of birds at dusk chattering in a bamboo grove.

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