Modern Matchmaking: The Evolving Role of Marriage Bureaus in India

A Marriage Bureau in India could be defined as a systematic social agency that provides services related to finding life partners. These bureaus have been in existence in India for many years. As society transformed, the bureaus also transformed to meet the ever-changing dynamics of modern-day relationships. In the past, marriage was arranged by parents, relatives or friends, or professional go-betweens, who are known as ‘Purohit’. Though conflicts over dowry and early marriage have reduced drastically, nuclear families and mobility for education and work make it very difficult for families to find appropriate matches within their circles. Marriage bureaus address this issue by providing a fully organized system for choosing a partner.

Modern Matchmaking: The Evolving Role of Marriage Bureaus in India

A Marriage Bureau in India could be defined as a systematic social agency that provides services related to finding life partners. These bureaus have been in existence in India for many years. As society transformed, the bureaus also transformed to meet the ever-changing dynamics of modern-day relationships. In the past, marriage was arranged by parents, relatives or friends, or professional go-betweens, who are known as ‘Purohit’. Though conflicts over dowry and early marriage have reduced drastically, nuclear families and mobility for education and work make it very difficult for families to find appropriate matches within their circles. Marriage bureaus address this issue by providing a fully organized system for choosing a partner.