Photographer's Note

At marriages in India, particularly in Bengal, flutes (called 'Sehnai') are played to celebrate love in the mind the newlyweds. Usually, they sit in a makeshift tower called the 'Nahabat' and play their instruments. Usually, they play Indian classical music. Unfortunately, this custom has declined with the advent of cassette and CD DVD players and the so-called DJs and their hybrid music. These musicians are a dying breed, earning a pittance from the occasional client.
This was taken at the Reception for the bride and groom after my niece's marriage last month. The Sehnai team sat on a dais and played on their instruments. I have already posted a photograph of the Tabla player of the team. Here is the main artist.
After about 10 minutes of my clicking the shutter, I asked him if he wants to have some coffee. He cleared his throat and smiled. 'I would rather have an icecream please.' I got him two.

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