The latest trend is to enliven wedding receptions through dancers who perform ‘mujras’ and 'belly dance’
Gone are the days when ‘ghazals’ and ‘qawwali’ programmes used to be organised at marriage and reception functions in the old city. Musical orchestra troops rendering songs of Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, or the hip hop numbers of Bappi Lahri are also passé.
The latest trend is to enliven marriage receptions through professional dancers who perform ‘mujras’ and ‘belly dance’ shows.
Decency goes for a toss as the dancers gyrate to film numbers drawing loud cheers and wads of currency notes in return.
Just fork out a hefty sum anywhere between Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 10,000 and the ‘agents’ take care of the details. They ensure that three to four dance girls and an eunuch entertain the guests for four to five hours and more.
“The police are aware of the activity yet they turn a blind eye thanks to the money they receive from the function organisers,” says Majlis Bachao Tehreek leader Amjadullah Khan.
Of course, there are many who are against this indecency. Some function halls have even put up notice board saying ‘no orchestra’.
There are instances of guests walking out in protest on seeing the dance programme.
But this has failed to check the menace.
The agents are spread all over the city and their addresses are provided by function hall mangers themselves. The agents maintain a group of professionals dancers and send them to functions and operate through a network of brokers, it is said.
Such activity is high at function halls at Engine Bowli, Hashmabad, Hafez Babanagar, Kishanbagh, Bandlaguda, Shivrampally, Retibowli and Champapet. People in the surroundings have numerous complaints of late night disturbances here.
“It is an illegal activity conducted after managing the police. The police give permission only for a musical band along with a rider to wind up before 10 p.m. but these events warm up only after 11 p.m. and continue past midnight. In some instances they are held till the dawn,” says Mr. Khan.
The community elders and religious heads are quite worried about the changing scenario.
But they seem helpless in containing the menace. Mohd. Turab, executive secretary, COVA says, “It is the responsibility of the religious heads and family elders to forcefully stop this activity.”
Keywords: belly dance