Jun 30, 2010 Celebrity Weddings
When IT czar Narayana Murthy’s daughter Akshata wed Rishi Sunak, it was a low-key affair. Akshata Murthy, belongs to the breed of privileged princesses who are now known as hands-on heiresses; daughters of business magnates who don’t lead a fairy-tale life. They earn professional degrees, work in organisations abroad and return to start their own business venture or become their dad’s ‘right hand men’. Unlike earlier, when business baron dads chose for their daughters a boy from the same community or business circle, today’s business babes fall in love with and marry guys from non-business families too.
Narayana and Sudha Murthy with Akshata and Rishi Sunak
Schauna, Nadia and Alisha Chauhan, the three sisters from the Parle Agro family are all married to creative guys. Schauna’s husband is actor Bikram Saluja, Nadia is married to Ad man Raj Kurup and Alisha’s husband is architect Riyhad Kundalmal.
Hinduja heiress Ambika Hinduja tied the knot with Mumbai restauranteur Raman Macker. Aarti Sheth, top diamond merchant Rajeev Sheth’s daughter, is married to Farshid Cooper, who works with JP Morgan. Priti Paul scion of the Apeejay Surrendra Group, is married to Moroccan tycoon Jaouad Kadiri.
The North-South alliances include: Neelima Sargam Bajaj (daughter of Bajaj Auto’s Madhur Bajaj) and MTV head-honcho Aditya Swamy, Roshni Nadar (tech billionnaire Shiv Nadar’s daughter) and Delhi businessman Shikhar Malhotra, Tanvi Jindal and Hemal Shete, whose father Raju Shete owns food services company Radhakrishna Hospitality Services.
Alisha and Riyhad Kundalmal. Chauhan sisters- Schauna, Alisha and Nadia
Priti Paul and Jaouad Kadiri
Quiet Wedding, Grand Reception
Schauna’s quiet wedding in Bikram’s home town Indore was followed by a grand reception in Mumbai. Her sister Alisha’s wedding celebrations were at Taj Lands End. The Turf Club, the most magnificent wedding location in Mumbai, has played host to the most number of high profile wedding receptions. Sargam Bajaj, Ambika Hinduja, Aarti Sheth and Ashika Pohoomul’s grand wedding receptions with over thousand guests were held there. Some like Priti Paul hosted a smaller wedding affair—with just about 300 guests, at the magnificent Jag Mandir on Lake Pichola.
Jewellery and Designer Picks
For her wedding, Akshata Murthy wore a simple and stylish lehenga with no dripping diamonds or chunky gold, but most other heiresses go for exquisitely embroidered wear and ornate handcrafted jewellery. Abu-Sandeep, Sabyasachi or Pallavi Jaikishen lehengas teamed with elaborate jewels from Jaipur Gems, Varuna D Jani or Raj Mahtani.
Priti and Jaouad picture courtesy www.karenwise.com
Some more khabar on the to-be held celeb weddings in November. Esha Koppikar’s wedding décor is being managed by Kalyani Karandikar, one of Mumbai’s hottest emerging wedding decorators. Kalyani is creating a very traditional décor for the Manglorean wedding function at ISKON Temple, Juhu and a white winter theme décor for the post wedding party at Jade Garden, Nehru Centre. Esha’s beau Timmy Narang is managing all the arrangements for the wedding reception at his home Narang House in Pali Hill. Young, friendly and energetic, Kalyani Karandikar is being touted as the next Gurlein Manchanda in the wedding circuit, and many industrialist families and other high profile personalities are hiring her services to do thematic décor —for weddings and other functions.
Mumbai is heartened to hear the divorced couple Rita and Raja Dhody are together planning a beautiful celebration for their daughter Aneesa. Proves that all bitterness is forgotten in exuberant times, and every couple, even if they’ve parted, are only too happy to come together and jointly plan the best celebration for their loved one.
Grand Hyatt, Mumbai is very excited about hosting Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra’s wedding reception. The hotel staffers are also having a hard time– avoiding requests from friends and clients who want to ‘hang around’ in the hotel’s lobby on the day of the reception, just to watch all the celebrities walk by.
Delhi is talking about the beautiful invitation cards which Kapil and Sandy Khurana of The Entertainment Design Company have created for Roshni Nadar and Shikhar Malhotra who are marrying on 29th. Brothers Kapil and Sandy specialise in creating exquisitely designed cards using traditional crafts and modern techniques. Delhi is also looking forward to see the décor which ace wedding planner Geeta Samuel is creating for Roshni and Shikhar’s wedding celebration at Kamal Nath’s opulent ministerial bunglow. Interestingly, the couple have set up their Gift Registry at one of the most popular US websites—a relatively unknown concept in India, this is the first time we’ve heard of a high profile couple setting up their wedding gift registry.