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In our community, it was almost a necessary training for every female to be conversant if not skilled in Hindustani classical music (vocal or instrumental, depending on the person’s intrinsic propensities). It was a standing axiom that every prospective Mathur bride had to be acquainted with at least one form of art in order to be selected for marriage. It was very usual for a Mathur bride to be given an accompanying harmonium as part of her trousseau. And if she was a musical virtuoso, she would bring home with her a taanpura or her choice of instrument as well. Public performances of singing also became a festival/event/special occasion-related art, with creative writing and music combined in a form unique and peculiar to the Mathur (Kayastha) community in India. You may still find that during weddings, births, or during the Holi season, many accomplished singers created their own lyrics and set it to music to present them in different forms at such events. Stylizations of this includes specially created musical pieces, poetry, songs to be sung during a wedding at the mehndi or at the time of “Jaimal”, when the bride comes in to garland her groom. Other lesser forms of songs include “banna-ghorris”, “shaadi ke gaane”,”vidaai” etc.