VIPs arrive at pre-wedding bash for daughter of India's richest man

VIPs arrive at pre-wedding bash for daughter of India's richest man

Isha Ambani, 27, daughter of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, will marry Anand Piramal, 33, in the financial capital of Mumbai next Wednesday, but the celebrations began this weekend in the desert city of Udaipur, with feasts, singing and dancing, and other pre-wedding rituals. B-town celebs including Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas, Karan Johar and others have headed to Udaipur. Their three-day engagement bash at Lake Como in September was probably the most expensive betrothal of the decade and the wedding celebrations are in all probability going to be humungous, considering Isha is the daughter of India's richest family.

A video, shot outside what appears to be the venue of the pre-wedding party, showed Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani receiving the former USA first lady with a hug and a bouquet of lilies.

The couple will tie the knot in Mumbai on December 12, and have chosen Udaipur's scenic Lake Pichola to be the venue for the three-day pre-wedding festivities. Depicting folktales and local legends, artists will showcase ancient painting forms like Gond, Madhubani, Phad, Warli and Thangka.

In this season of mega weddings, the Ambanis have definitely raised the bar when it comes to hosting a sangeet ceremony. Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar and global sensation Taylor Swift will also regale the audiences with performances.

Guests for the celebrations, which will bring together two of India's most influential families, have access to an app mapping out the activities, which include a private concert by Beyonce.

Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani (left) arrived at the Udaipur Airport with her husband Zubin Irani (extreme right).The couple were twinning in black, but the actress-turned politician carried a maroon shawl to keep herself warm. Performances by singers A.R Rahman, Arijit Singh and Shankar Mahadevan are also on the cards. U.S. singer Beyonce will perform at the wedding.

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. Dancers will perform on the floating stage, in keeping with Indian customs and traditions.

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