Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani’s daughter Isha is tying the knot with Ajay and Swati Piramal’s son Anand on December 12. The couple is celebrating their pre-wedding festivities in Udaipur on December 8 and 9 and have an unforgettable weekend in store for their guests.
All roads lead to Udaipur this weekend, thanks to the big fat Ambani and Piramal wedding. Mukesh and Nita Ambani’s daughter Isha is tying the knot with Ajay and Swati Piramal’s son Anand on December 12 in Mumbai, and this weekend is earmarked for their pre-wedding festivities in Rajasthan’s Udaipur. The Ambanis and Piramals are flying their guests down to the city from all over the world.
The two-day extravaganza in Udaipur will see the who’s who of Bollywood and business and political circuits of the country in attendance.
For their guests, the Ambanis have booked several chartered flights. Over these two days, the Maharana Pratap Airport in Udaipur will see a lot of activity because of the pre-wedding festivities. 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 a thousand luxury cars to ferry their guests to and from the Udaipur airport.
So exactly what is happening in Udaipur on December 8 and 9?
We give you a lowdown on the events slated to take place in the City of Lakes today and tomorrow.
DECEMBER 8, SATURDAY
Most of the events today are taking place at Udaivilas in the city. There is a Swadesh Bazaar set up for guests, where the Ambanis and Piramals are providing a platform for Indian traditional artisans to display their craft. The bazaar is will exclusively showcase India’s rich and diverse art and craft heritage.
In the press statement announcing Isha and Anand’s wedding too, the Ambanis and Piramals said, “During the weekend prior to the wedding, the Ambani and Piramal families will host their friends and family in Udaipur, where they are partnering with artisans and craftsmen to integrate local culture and traditions into the festivities.”
Keeping with their statement, the Ambani and Piramal families have set up the Swadesh Bazaar for their guests. The Bazaar will be part of the festivities on both December 8 and 9, and guests have the option of taking a stroll through the place.
Guests were greeted with a lavish lunch at their respective hotels. The menu included the best of Indian and Western foods and flavours.
The afternoon will see guests dressed in the best of Indian attire for a grand welcome and high tea at Udaivilas. The Ambani and Piramal families have a royal setting in place to welcome their guests.
Twilight at the Udaivilas will see a Maha Arti at the venue, with the picturesque Lake Pichola in the background. Photos from the exquisite Maha Arti set-up have surfaced on social media. Take a look:
The arti will be followed by a relaxed dinner under the starry Udaipur sky.
After the dinner, guests will be treated to an evening of romantic tracks. Bollywood singer Arijit Singh will pay a tribute to Isha and Anand’s love story with the best of his tracks.
Arijit Singh’s live performance will make way for the family sangeet, where the Ambanis and Piramals will celebrate the union of their children with music and dance performances.
There is an after-party too scheduled for tonight.
DECEMBER 9, SUNDAY
On Sunday, the Ambani and Piramal families have set up a carnival for their guests. At the Mela tomorrow, guests will have the option of taking part in games and cultural activities.
A Fashion Walk too is on the cards for guests tomorrow, with designer Manish Malhotra at the helm.
Guests can take a walk down Swadesh Bazaar on Day 2 too. The dress code for the daytime festivities is festive or smart casuals.
The evening will see music and dance by performers. Guests will be treated to an exquisite Palace Soiree and an extraordinary evening.
An after-party too is scheduled for the night.
MANISH MALHOTRA POP-UP STORE
On both Saturday and Sunday, guests will have the option of last-minute shopping from a Manish Malhotra pop-up store set up at the Lake Palace Hotel. Guests have also been advised to wear ‘comfortable footwear’ for all events; we are guessing because the festivities will require a lot of walking and dancing.
GUESTS AT ISHA AND ANAND’S PRE-WEDDING FESTIVITIES
The who’s who of Bollywood have already arrived in Udaipur for the big weekend. Priyanka Chopra, along with husband Nick Jonas, reached the city this afternoon. Priyanka is expected to perform a medley of songs for her BFF Isha Ambani. What is common between Priyanka and Isha is that both the women chose Rajasthan as the venue for their pre-wedding ceremonies.
While Priyanka’s pre-wedding festivities and the wedding ceremony took place in Jodhpur last week, Isha is hosting her pre-wedding functions at Udaipur and the wedding in Mumbai.
Apart from Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, several big Bollywood names have landed in Udaipur. Karan Johar with mother Hiroo, Karisma Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan with daughter Aaradhya, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, Parineeti Chopra, John Abraham and wife Priya Runchal, Akshay Kumar, Janhvi Kapoor with father Boney, Varun Dhawan, Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao and several others are already in the City of Lakes for the festivities.
Karan Johar is also expected to perform at the pre-wedding ceremonies.
The cameras also snapped American politician and former US First Lady Hillary Clinton in Udaipur for the Ambani-Piramal pre-wedding ceremonies.
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 Khalid Al-Falih, chairman of Saudi Aramco; 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 Ambani and Piramal families kickstarted the wedding festivities in Udaipur with a special ‘Anna Seva’, wherein they are feeding 5,100 people every day from December 7 to 10, three times a day. The Anna Seva is taking place at the Narayan Seva Sansthan in Udaipur.
NO SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY
The Ambanis and Piramals have requested their guests to respect their privacy and the sanctity of the occasion and not take any photos, videos or audio recordings of any of the pre-wedding events. Sharing anything on social media and Whatsapp is a strict no. The families have told the guests that their official photographers and videographers will cover the events and all of it will be shared with them.
THE AMBANIS AND PIRAMALS
The Ambani and Piramal families have been friends for over four decades now. Isha and Anand were childhood friends who fell in love with each other. 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 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.
Earlier this year, Anand proposed to Isha at Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra. The couple then hosted a get-together for their friends at Antilia to celebrate the proposal. They then celebrated the engagement at Lake Como in Italy in September this year.
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.