India through my eyes – Kiski band bajegi ?

7 am on a Sunday morning on Mount Road in Chennai .This band of boys are up early and they do not seem too excited. Probably the wedding season is keeping them busy .


  1. I am 24 September, 2008 at 01:46 Reply

    Nice shot..did you get a chance to speak to any of them?

    I happen to speak to one such group few years and was shocked to know how much they get paid and how little of what they wear they own!

  2. Mr Travel 24 September, 2008 at 17:28 Reply

    Hi Laksmi,
    Nice collection of photos. I also have a travel blog on Indian tribes. Hope you enjoy reading it. Also let me know if you are willing for a mutual link exchange.

    Mr Travel

  3. Aaarti 25 September, 2008 at 16:34 Reply

    Ahhh, i remember once seeing a group of such band players around 10pm near GN Chetty road barista.. gen struck up a conversation…

    they were going home after a reception and had a wedding in the morn around 7 at some god foresaken place… they dont make that much either… the one thing i remember was the face of an old tired band member… he has been doing this all his life!!!

  4. Lakshmi 25 September, 2008 at 21:44 Reply

    Priyank – πŸ™‚ me too..are you missing home or is it just observation ? if its the latter, its only of late I have started looking at these little things and they do give a different perspective completely.

    Vishesh – πŸ™‚ good it made you smile

    Ropi – That is really interesting..these guys must probably feel like soldiers themselves

    Chinnaa – Welcome to backpacker and thanks..will visit for sure

    I am – They left quite soon Tanu..Im sure they are paid peanuts and its sad because they do their best to entertain ..

    Mitr – I guess they will never go obsolete, but they definitely need more attention.

    Sameera – So true..I felt the same way ..they really go all out to entertain

    Alok – haha ..that was a good one

    Pete – True, but they dont look too excited ..thats the irony

    GG – πŸ™‚ Im sure its the prospect of low pay and working on a Sunday

    Mridula – As a kid, I have seen hazaar weddings and baaraats everyday going past my house…one even started from my house..and its such a common sight during the wedding season.. now immersions during ganesha have also made them busy

    Jeevan – This was shot in August before Ganesha ..but im sure these guys play there as well during the immersions

    Mr Travel – Welcome to backpacker..will def come over and check the site

    harekrishnaji -I know what you are saying..I feel the same small way to pay them a tribute

    Reeta – Thanks madam..will make the south indian version of Hindi πŸ™‚

    Trickytraveler – Thanks for the comment and welcome to backpacker..will drop in a while

    BTR – Haha…so I must charge reliance and make some money πŸ™‚

    Megha – welcome to backpacker and thanks for the kind words

    Aaarti -Feel sorry that they who spread so much joy, music earn nothing is sometimes ironical

    Indrani – Peanuts !

  5. indicaspecies 17 October, 2008 at 13:07 Reply

    Back home, we call it the the traditional ‘country band’..hehe!

    There’s going to be a wedding in the family in a couple of months in Mangalore and I believe one such band has been already hired for one of the pre-wedding nights of fun and frolic!

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