The royal wedding season of this year began with Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh who tying the knot in Italy. They were followed by Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas who got married at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur.
After the two weddings, India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani’s daughter Isha Ambani is all set to marry with business tycoon Ajay and Swati Piramal’s son Anand Piramal on December 12.
Both the families have known each other for over four decades. Anand-Isha had been good friends themselves before Anand proposed her for marriage. Isha and Anand have both studied in Ivy League colleges.
Isha graduated from Stanford University in the US, while Anand pursued his MBA at the Harvard Business School. Anand, 33, proposed to Isha, 26, in early May 2018, at Maharashtra’s Mahabaleshwar temple and she said a ‘yes’!
While the wedding will take place at Mukesh and Nita Ambani’s Mumbai residence Antilia on December 12, the family flew to Udaipur for the pre-wedding celebrations.
The pre-wedding festivities have already begun and looks like the Ambanis are leaving no stones unturned to make it the most lavish affair of 2018.
The Ambanis and Piramals are flying their guests down to the city from all over the world. For their guests, Ambanis have booked several chartered flights. All five-star hotels in the city are completely booked and are catering to the Ambanis’ and Piramals’ guests. The families have also booked over 8000 luxury cars to ferry their guests to and from the Udaipur airport.
Shoot a mere glance at the royal pre-wedding venue Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
One thing that touches every Hindustani’s heart is India’s biggest business icon Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani chooses Indian destination place The Oberoi Udaivilas and Lake Palace in Rajasthan’s Udaipur for their daughter Isha and Ananad’s pre-wedding ceremony.
The Oberoi Udaivilas is a luxury hotel located in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. It was rated as the world’s best hotel in 2015 by Travel + Leisure. The hotel was constructed on the hunting grounds of the Maharana of Mewar, which was around 200 years old. Around 40 percent of the total hotel area is designated a wildlife sanctuary. There are 87 rooms, a Kohinoor suite and 4 other luxury suites in Udaivilas. Oberoi Udaivilas is a popular venue for luxurious destination weddings. Ambani costs around 200 crore Indian rupees to book the entire hotel for a wedding.
The star sudden Pre-wedding rituals of Isha’s wedding
Before the final D-Day arrives, the Ambani and Piramal family has started with the festivities and there is an atmosphere of happiness and joy all around. After isha and Anand’s lavish engagement at the Lake Como, Italy, the wedding celebrations kick-started with an Anna Seva on Friday, are hosting a Maha Aarti on the banks of Lake Pichola in the city. The families also celebrate mehendi and sangeet ceremonies here.
Wedding functions starts with “Anna Seva “
The Ambani family has, however, kicked off the celebrations in a unique way: by feeding 5,100 people, the majority of them with special abilities, three times a day in Rajasthan’s Udaipur. The function, called “Anna Seva”, will continue for four days, from 7th to 10th December. Family members, including Mukesh and Nita Ambani, Ajay and Swati Piramal, Isha and Anand were present at this Anna Seva function, serving people and interacting with them. It is being held at Narayan Seva Sansthan, Udaipur.
The pre-wedding festivities also include setting up of a specially curated exhibit called the Swadesh Bazaar that will showcase 108 traditional Indian Crafts and art forms from different regions of the country.
“Swadesh Bazaar is a unique concept to encourage the craftsmanship of traditional Indian artisans, especially for a lot of indigenous crafts that need conservation and revival and have been supported by Reliance Foundation over the years. The foundation aims to broaden and deepen its support to the goals of Swadesh Bazaar on a bigger and more sustainable scale in future,” the statement says.
“Maha Aarti” on the banks of Lake Pichola
On December 08, 2018, Isha and Anand’s pre-wedding festivities witness the Sandhya Maha Aarti on the banks of Lake Pichola in the city. Pictures that have gone viral on social media show a 35 feet statue of Lord Shri Nath Ji set up at the venue of the aarti. The arti will be followed by a relaxed dinner under the starry Udaipur sky.
Bride and Groom’s performance on “Mitwa” at their sangeet ceremony will leave you love-struck
December 8 was the grand sangeet night began with a melodious performance by singer-composer Arijit Singh, who paid tribute to beautiful bride-to-be Isha and the handsome groom-to-be Anand Piramal with his romantic numbers.
The ceremony which saw dance performances not just by all the celebrities present there, but also by the Ambani family. One such performance was by Nita Ambani and both her sons Akash Ambani and Anant Ambani. The mother and sons danced on the hit number of Kal Ho Na Ho, Mahi Ve and it made us go awww…
While the dance of the trio was too good for words, it became even better when Isha came on stage holding hands of father Mukesh Ambani. Although the song was fun initially, it became a bit emotional when Isha entered on “ Chanda mere chanda tujhe kaise main ye samjhau mujhe lagti hai tu kitni pyaarire…” lines of the song.
The parents of the beautiful bride-to-be danced on the hit Bollywood numbers and the videos from the same are making huge rounds on the internet. Mukesh and Nita Ambani’s performance on “Tak Hai Jaan’s” title track followed by Akash Ambani and his faience Shloka Mehta’s romantic number was just enchanting.
Most awaited dance performance of the evening was of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal that has got us crushing over them. So, the couple danced on Mitwa from Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and we have to say, their well-choreographed dance moves managed to sweep us off our feet. While Isha was spotted twinning with father Mukesh Ambani in pink and was looking resplendent in the same, Anand was looking quite handsome in a black kurta and black and gold bandi.
Bollywood stars performed at Isha Ambani’s sangeet ceremony
Shah Rukh, who is Isha’s godfather, not only hosted the show, he also gave back-to back incredible performances with his wife Gauri. The couple are seen dancing together on stage with him down on his knees and her swinging around him. King of romance is seen in a black sherwani while she is wearing a shimmery lehenga with a caped top.
SRK also gave another high-voltage performance with the entire Ambani clan, accompanied by Aamir Khan on the hit song Let’s Nacho.
Adding to the romance in the air cute couple Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan performed to ‘Tere Bina’ from their film ‘Guru’. However, former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton stole everyone’s thunder when she took to the stage with Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya, and Aamir Khan.
Newlyweds Priyanka Chopra and Bollywood beauty Katrina Kaif also performed at ‘Kala Chashma’ and ‘Desi Girl’.
Things took a grander turn when American singing sensation Beyonce is seen singing the night away dressed in a red and gold slit gown. The acclaimed artiste paid tribute to the soon-to-be-married couple by dedicating romantic tracks to them.
Look who’s who attend the pre-wedding ceremony of Isha and Anand
VIP and VVIP guests from across the world landed in the city to join the grand celebrations of the year. Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was seen receiving a warm welcome from Mukesh and Nita Ambani at Udaipur. While the RIL Chairman was dressed in a maroon Nehru jacket, wife Nita opted for a beige kurta with a Benarasi dupatta.
Saudi Arabia’s Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis along with wife Amruta, Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal, Textiles Minister Smriti Irani with husband Zubin Irani were among the other leaders joining the celebrations.
Bollywood celebrities including newlyweds Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, Salman Khan along with Katrina Kaif, Amir Khan with wife Kiran Rao, Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan, Janhvi and Khushi Kapoor with father Boney Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Parineeti Chopra, John Abraham and wife Priya Runchal, Akshay Kumar, Varun Dhawan with girlfriend Natasha, Karan Johar, famous designer Manish Malhotra also reached the city to celebrate with the couple. Raveena Tandon too attended the party with her daughter. Vidhya balan, Karishma Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor with daughter Rhea Kapoor among others, have flown to the scenic Rajasthan city for the lavish wedding.
Shah Rukh and Gauri arrived in Udaipur on Saturday evening in a private flight from Mumbai.
Sports stars Sachin Tendulkar with wife Anjali, Zaheer Khan and wife Sagarika Ghatge, MS Dhoni’s wife Sakshi with daughter Ziva have also joined the celebrations.
Global corporate leaders, including steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, BP group chief executive Bob Dudley, 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch and Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes, among others, descended on Udaipur to attend the wedding festivities.
Other high-profile corporate leaders attending the wedding festivities include Bill Winters, CEO, Standard Chartered Bank; WPP founder Martin Sorell; Kenneth Hitchner, chairman and chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs in Asia Pacific ex-Japan; Nicolas Aguzin, chairman and CEO, JP Morgan Asia Pacific; Farhan Faruqui, group executive international, ANZ; Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum; Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post and CEO of Thrive Global; and Rajeev Suri, president and CEO of Nokia,” a source informs.
The wedding will bring together two of India’s most influential families The Ambanis and Piramal. Mukesh and Nita Ambani and Ajay and Swati Piramal’s friendship dates back to the 70s. It was at the Piramal house where Mukesh Ambani courted Nita.
Isha and Anand will tie the knot on December 12 in Mumbai, at the Ambani residence, Antilia. After their wedding, the couple will move to a plush, sea-facing five-storey bungalow in Worli, Mumbai. The newlyweds will live in the iconic Gulita building which is a wedding gift to the couple from his parents Ajay and Swati Piramal.
Stay tuned with us for all the details on Isha Ambani’s wedding celebrations.