Shehnai is synonymous with jubilant mood across India. It is especially played on the occasion of Hindu weddings. Apart from weddings in Rajasthan (and specifically in Jaipur), one can find Shehnai player on other special occasions as well. Of late, Shehnai players are also part of tourist festivals and events.
Considered as a part of a classical instrument, special performances are also held in the city by the renowned Shehnai performers. Even though the origin of Shehnai is believed to be from Iran, there are no records available to prove this theory. Some, on the contrary, believe that Shehnai is an improved adaptation of a wind instrument played by snake charmers in India called Pungi or Been. Irrespective of origin, it has formed a strong bond to the local culture & people so much so that lack of Shehnai tune playing during a Hindu wedding is deemed inauspicious.
The above picture features a Shehnai player along with a Dhol/ drum player.