Vrindavan, 2018.02.02 (VT) The City Magistrate’s office has received over 150 applications from people wanting to have a band accompany them on their wedding procession (Barat). Band operators are telling families to submit the applications themselves, so the grooms-to-be and their families are marching to the CM’s office to submit their applications.
The new regulations concerning noise pollution restrict the times when music can be played. Several temples and mosques have been issued notices to remove loudspeakers. As yet, violations of the regulations are still continuing on a regular basis. Police seem reluctant to enforce the regulation on occasional religious programs, especially if there are no complaints.
On particularly auspicious dates and times, marriage halls and lawns are inundated with bookings. There are an inundation of bookings for marriage ceremonies and receptions on February 4, 6, 7, 18 and 20, but, if the auspicious time for the groom to arrive does not fall within the specified time when music is allowed, the groom may miss out on the traditional parade on horseback with band music and dancing friends and family members.
Ravindra Kumar said that the band for his son’s Barat parade was already booked for February 18th, but, one week ago, he received a call from the band manager saying that the band will only be able to play if he gets a permission letter from the CM’s office. Band manager Rashid Qureshi said that the regulation is creating problems for Band operators. He said that when people are coming from out of town to get married in Vrindavan, the band makes the application on their behalf but they are asking local people to make the applications themselves.
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