India is still recovering from the extravaganza that was this past weekend, thanks to the Ambanis and Piramals. Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani’s daughter Isha is getting married to Piramal Group’s Ajay and Swati Piramal’s son Anand on December 12 and the families are leaving no stone unturned in making it an event to remember. The past two days, December 8 and 9, saw the biggest of names from the worlds of entertainment, politics and business in attendance in Rajasthan’s Udaipur.
From former US First Lady Hillary Clinton to American pop sensation Beyonce, Udaipur saw a lot of activity on December 8 and 9 this year. The entire world’s focus this weekend was on the City of Lakes. And why not, Udaipur has hardly seen such a grand affair in recent times.
Saturday saw Isha and Anand’s wedding sangeet, which included performances from their friends and family members to Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan. Not just the Khans, even Hillary Clinton and former US Secretary of State John Kerry were seen doing the bhangra.
The two action-packed days culminated in a live performance by Beyonce, who left Udaipur with memories for a lifetime. The diva picked out two outfits for the big night, a red and gold high-slit ensemble by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla and a heavily embellished gold bodysuit by Falguni and Shane Peacock.
The Ambanis and Piramals are rounding off the celebrations in Udaipur and will be leaving for Mumbai, where their children are tying the knot.
Wednesday, December 12, will see the Ambanis’ and Piramals’ guests attending Isha and Anand’s wedding in Mumbai.
BUT WHO IS ANAND PIRAMAL, THE MAN ISHA AMBANI IS TYING THE KNOT WITH?
Anand holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. In fact, both Isha and Anand are Ivy League passouts. While Anand went to Harvard for his MBA, Isha graduated from Stanford University.
Anand Piramal is the founder of Piramal Realty, one of India’s most admired real estate companies. Prior to Piramal Realty, Anand founded Piramal Swasthya, a rural healthcare initiative that treats 40,000 patients a day.
Anand, the son of Ajay and Swati Piramal, is an Executive Director of the Piramal Group, a global business conglomerate. Piramal Jr was previously the youngest President of the Indian Merchant Chamber – Youth Wing.
Isha and Anand have been longtime friends. Their families too share a strong bond, for ever four decades. 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.
PROPOSAL AND WEDDING FESTIVITIES
Earlier this year, Anand proposed to Isha Ambani 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.
At the sangeet ceremony on December 8, when emcee Karan Johar asked Mukesh Ambani when was it that the Ambani family got to know that Isha was in love with Anand, the Reliance Chairperson said, “When Isha went from being a night person to a morning person.” The Piramals are earlybirds, unlike the Ambanis. And when Isha began waking up and starting her day early, that was when her family realised that she was in love with Anand.