Neha Saigal and Ashish Verma ‘s wedding was a truly global affair. Their Sangeet, at the luxurious ITC Rajputana in Jaipur, brought together friends and family from different corners of the world. Twirling Moments’ first meeting with the super stylish Californian bride with an Indian heart was over Skype. But our connection with the Saigal family goes back to when we collaborated with Neha’s mother Alka Saigal, who we’d worked with at one of her friend’s daughter’s weddings. Instead of sticking to the run-of- the-mill trends and picking the latest Bollywood songs, Neha wanted to go old-school—classic but fun. The sassy bride’s recommendation was that we look at the pop era, with remixes like ‘Roop Tera Mastana’, ‘Guri Nal Ishq Mitha’, as inspiration.
Always open to fresh ideas and creative inputs, our journey to the Sangeet stage with this bride was full of excitement.With both Neha and Ashish based in the US, our choreography and practice sessions were largely held remotely. As one can imagine, it was a lesson in time management and organizational skills! And we must admit, the fact that their Sangeet was a resounding success is as much a testament to the bride’s meticulous planning.
Not just the bride and the groom but every other group of friends or cousins performing at the Sangeet was from a different city—San Francisco, Boston, New Jersey. It was amazing to see how these wonderful people learnt all their dances with the help of the video recordings we sent out to the groups. Luckily, Neha was able to visit Mumbai a few months before the wedding and we took the opportunity to work with her on the medley she was going to work on with her friends. It was a mashup of ‘Jawaani jaaneman’ and ‘Kala chashma’. Back in California, she taught her friends the steps, and on the day of the Sangeet we worked hard together to put up a spectacular show. The final performances truly reflected the enthusiasm, joy and love they all shared for the couple. Thanks to a making-of- the-Sangeet lipdub video we created on the song ‘Abhi toh party shuru hui hain’, even those who couldn’t participate in the final dance were an integral part of the celebrations. No matter which part of the world they were in, everyone sent us a video of them performing a signature step we’d selected.
Ashish was just as enthusiastic and open to innovative suggestions as his bride was. For the fun-loving groom, his performance with his gang of really close friends was the focal point. Of course, the issue was that they were all based in the United States.
Simple and straightforward is never an option for Twirling Moments, and it wasn’t one that
Ashish wanted to choose either. But the guys did justice to our final selection, a mash-up of the AR Rahman number ‘Muqabla’ and Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’. Theirs was definitely one of the main highlights of the Sangeet. It helped that we had three-four hour practice sessions on the day of the show.
Because we were already well-acquainted with Neha’s mother Alka, we had a glimpse of what it would be like working with the Saigals. It was like working with our very own family. Alka’s claims of not being a very good performer were cast aside as soon as she took to the stage. She was all about grace and calm, and that reflected in her performances. She, along with Neha’s Dad and Ashish’s parents, kicked off the Sangeet with their performance on ‘Itni si hasi itni si khushi’.It was indeed a sheer pleasure to be associated with the Saigals.
Date of the Sangeet – 13th January 2016
Venue of the Sangeet – ITC, Rajputana Jaipur
Moments Created – Twirling Moments
Bride’s outfit – Manish Malhotra
Hair and Make up – Namrata Soni
Photography & Videography–Niklesh Malkani
Wedding Planner – Natasha Katgara