New York model and Royal Rajput Anjhula Singh Bais's wedding to
Cumberbatch Scion Satish Selvanathan in Rajasthan was an affair
attended by high profile guests from all around the world. Anjhula
Singh Bais, daughter of Thakur Birendra Bikram Singh Bais and
Thakurani Asha Singh Bais graduated from LSR, Delhi and then moved on
to UK and US to pursue her modelling and further studies in
psychology. She and Satish live in New York where they both pursue
their successful careers.
Anjhula wore a 5 layered kundan/pearl necklace inspired by Jodha
Akbar that took the Gem Palace, Jaipur 3 months to make. Gem Palace,
Jaipur consciously maintains a low-profile but their clients include
some of the most high-profile celebrities. Many Rajput Royal families
and international icons like Mick Jagger, Jackie O and Princess Diana
have got their jewels made by Gem Palace.
Anjhula and Satish at the temple prior to the wedding events
The highlights of the October wedding included:
Royal luxury air conditioned tents set up in the middle of the desert.
Camel carts brought in the guests luggage to their rooms and tents
Guests were ferried in the royal armoury one tonne vehicles from one
ceremony to another
The best jewelers and store keepers were brought in from Jaipur and
set up a bazaar in the middle of the royal camp
Thakur Birendra Bikram Singh Bais and Thakurani Asha Singh Bais
Silver coins presented to the guests with Anjhula & Satish and the
wedding date on one side and the image of Tirupati ji on the other
Elephant polo had the groom's side friends playing against the bride's
side (the groom side won by one goal!), the elephants (all 9) raised
their trunks to salute the couple as they walked in, and one elephant
garlanded the couple with its trunk!
At the ‘Mughlai opulence’ theme sangeet, a slide show was played
documenting each phase of the bride and groom’s life.
Yellow is the colour the Bais Rajput wear for weddings. Anjhula chose
a simple yellow Rajasthani Poshak.
Satish's bespoke achkhan was designed by Raghuvendra Rathore.
Satish and Anjhula took 20 close friends on a tiger safari in
Rathambore, Gem Palace in Jaipur and the Taj Mahal in Agra.
In Delhi, industrialist Mohit Burman hosted a dinner for the
newly-weds at his Prithviraj Road residence.
For the street food/ yellow/ pink bazaar themed Mehendi, Anjhula
wore a pink lehenga with mirror work from Chandni Chowk, one of her
favorite markets in the world.
The reception took place at the Cinnamon Grand in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Famed Artist Seneka Senanayka attended along with former Prime
Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Former PM of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe greets Anjhula and Satish. Anjhula wore a Red
and Gold, South Indian heirloom gifted by her father-in-law.
The guest list at the Rajasthan wedding included Kalyani Chawla, Rohan
Gavaskar, Janak Jethmalani, Times of India scion Yasheel Jain,
Royals Sangita Katiwade, Begum Roshika Kumari of Jaipur, Kunwar
Vikramaditya Singh of Sodiwas, Kunwar Parikshit Singh of Jodhpur, Rani
Kavita Kumari Sahiba Rathore of Jodhpur.
The oldest guest was Baron William De Gelsey, 90 from Hungary
With their good friend Nalin Gupta. Anjhula is wearing a velvet
green outfit by Shyamal and Bhumika.
Photographs courtesy: Akash Das, Rahul Dutta,Dimitri Crusz and Cimmaron Singh