Sehra (سہرا) or prothalamion is a poem sung at a nikah (Muslim wedding) in praise of the groom, praying to God for his future wedded life. Sehra is not the subject matter of folk songs alone, some of the prominent Urdu poets like Mirza Ghalib, Zauq and even Bahadur Shah Zafar too have composed sehras.
In South Asian Muslim traditions, especially in Uttar Pradesh and Hyderabad (Deccan), there is a social ritual where the sisters of the groom sing sehra, a poem in praise of the groom and pray to God for his future wedded life. The groom follows this by giving cash to his sisters. Also, sehras are generally written by individuals praising their brothers, so they are very varied in style and nature.
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