Undoubtedly, the wedding of the year, Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal, tied the knot infront of family and friends on December 12 and how! The do not only looked beautiful but they also charmed everyone with their performances during the pre-wedding ceremonies that happened in Udaipur. With Beyonce adding the spunk to the pre-wedding gala and Hillary Clinton invited as the guest, the Ambani’s have really lived up to their surname when it comes to getting their daughter married. It won’t be wrong to say that Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal's total wedding cost can make anyone calculate their entire lifetime's income.
Mukesh Ambani is one of the richest men on this earth and with this wedding he made sure that everyone knows it in loud and clear words. Isha’s pre-wedding festivities had kickstarted from December 07, 2018 when most of the Bollywood flew to Udaipur for her Sangeet ceremony. From building sets for a puja to preparing floating stages, in addition to that having big Bollywood names dance for the ceremonies in Udaipur, the Ambani’s spend money like water for Isha Ambani’s pre-wedding festivities. Can you guess how much they must have spent? While it was being rumoured that the Ambani’s have spent $100 million for their daughter’s marriage, a Bloomberg report citing people familiar with the planning has said that the cost of the marriage is not more than $15 million (nearly Rs 110 crore). Well, 110 crores is still a big amount for a wedding.
Talking about the details on which the money has been spent, the Ambani’s made sure there is no problem in ‘mehmaano ki khaatirdaari’ as close to 40 chartered flights were scheduled for its availability for the wedding. Apart from the flights, the Ambanis and Piramals had booked all the five-star hotels of the city (Udaipur for the pre-wedding) and over a thousand luxurious cars (Jaguars, Porches, Mercedes, Audis and BMWs) were made available at their guest's disposal. While the pre-wedding festivities lit up in Udaipur, the family flew back to Mumbai for the big day as the marriage ceremonies happened in their house, Antilia.
This is no news that not just Ambanis but Piramals are also not behind in riches. Reports have it that the Piramals have gifted their bahu and son, a Rs 450 crore, five-storey sea-facing bungalow in Worli. The couple will reportedly move there after their wedding. Well, considering, Isha lives with her parents in the 27-storey Antilia in Mumbai, which is also considered the second-most expensive private property after Buckingham Palace, she deserved it.
Ambanis also hosted an ‘Anna Seva’ from December 07-10, 2018, wherein they fed 5100 people, three times a day. Apart from this, they had also set up a Swadesh Bazaar (an initiative of the Reliance Foundation), which had showcased “108 traditional Indian Crafts and art forms from all different regions of the country for the national and international guests”, thus keeping Indian art crafts alive.
An official statement that that came from the Ambanis, contained details about the Anna Seva and Swadesh Bazaar. The same could be read as, “As a mark of respect and gratitude to the city of Udaipur, and to seek their blessings for the upcoming wedding of their daughter, the family has commenced a special “Anna Seva” - taking up the auspicious task of feeding 5100 people (majority of them with special abilities) three times everyday from 7th to 10th December, to coincide with the pre-wedding functions of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal on 8th & 9th December. 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. The Anna Seva functions will continue for four days, from 7th to 10th December and will be performed three times a day at the Narayan Seva Sansthan, Udaipur."
The statement could be further read as, “In addition, the pre-wedding festivities will also see the setting up of a specially curated exhibit called the Swadesh Bazaar that will showcase 108 traditional Indian Crafts and art forms from all different regions of the country for the national and international guests. Presenting the art will be master craftsmen and craftswomen themselves, who are keeping these traditional arts alive. Creating an interesting experience as also an immersion into India’s cultural heritage. Swadesh Bazaar is a unique concept to encourage the craftsmanship of traditional Indian artisans, especially for a lot of indigenous crafts that need conservation and revival and have been supported by Reliance Foundation over the years. The Foundation aims to broaden and deepen its support to the goals of Swadesh Bazaar on a bigger and more sustainable scale in future.”
The statement concluded with, “From the rich Kanjeevaram, exclusive Patola, intricate Chikankari to fine Bandhani, exhibits cover over 30 types of textiles and weaves. Depicting folktales and local legends, artists will showcase ancient painting forms like Gond, Madhubani, Phad, Warli and Thangka. Weavers, potters and sculptures from all around the country will make this a mega-celebration of art and culture. This unique exhibit has not just provided livelihoods to thousands of such artisans, but also giving an opportunity to showcase their rare works from every nook and corner of India, for people’s interest, appreciation and support.”
Also, according to ‘Forbes India Rich List 2018’, Mukesh Ambani stands at the top of the list with a net worth of Rs 371,000 crore. Their in-laws, The Piramals are also not fard behind as they stand on 24th with a net worth of Rs 38,900 crore.
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