Grooms attire is no
less than a bride. The bridegroom in a Bengali community wears a silk dhoti and
kurta. The groom drapes a silk cloth
around his body known as jor, while performing the marriage rituals. The end
of this cloth is tied to the anchal of the brides sari during the marriage
last but not the least, the traditional paper hat topor that grooms wears
during the ceremony is also a year long tradition which Bengali people followed
throughout these years. This symbolism has been used in much Bengali film
starting from Satyajit Rays Apur Sansar to Riturporno Gosh, Noakadubi Bengali
marriage has been come as a metaphor to the society. The traditional Bengali
marriage is considered as an extension to Bengali culture and society, the
history as a whole and bridal costume often becomes a mirror of the society.
Bengali bride also wears a tika on her head as it is treated as Goddess
Lakshmi. The Hands and feet of the bride are adorned with red liquid known as
alta, which is sign of prosperity and also defines the marital status of a
woman. When it comes to jewelry, a Bengali community can easily give run over
all other communities for their money.
Bengali bride is adorned with different kinds of jewelries, like, kaanpasha
(hand-crafted delicate gold ornament that adorns the entire ear), Hathphool (an
ornament comprising of five rings interconnected by thin golden chains), Nath
(the large gold loop nose ring connected by a slender gold chain to the Kaan),
Chik (gold choker studded with diamonds or other jewels worn around the neck),
Panchnari (A necklace with five or punch layers of precious stone), Sapta
Lahari (similar to Panch but has seven layers instead) and Hansuli (another
traditional necklace of Bengal).
the most interesting thing is the gradual mix of contemporary styles that has
come into the costumes of a traditional Bengali wedding. Now a days the modern
Bengali bride often shift from Benarshi to some other sari with the changing
times well known designer have come up with many experiments with bridal
costumes and jewelries.
a days with the changing scenario it is also important to mix past with the
present but to keep hold the age long tradition is another important aspect of
this beautiful Bengali culture. The traditional Bengali wedding is a marriage
of period of epochs where yesterday marks the aurora of tomorrow.
Adwiata Roy is the Director at the International Hair & Make-up School, New