When Isha Ambani, the daughter of India's richest man Mukesh Ambani, got engaged to Anand, scion of the Piramal family, at the picturesque Lake Como three months ago, the stage was set for a grand wedding. Numerous guests arrived in 48 chartered planes which landed at the Udaipur airport on Friday and Saturday, an insider engaged in arrangements said. Outside, they were awaited by luxury sedans driven by chauffers wearing white uniforms and colourful Rajasthani turbans.
Many other top industrialists, politicians, sports and Bollywood stars descended in Udaipur on Saturday to join what has been dubbed locally "the big, fat Indian wedding".
Among them are Sachin Tendulkar-Anjali Tendulkar, Priyanka Chopra-Nick Jonas, Sakshi Singh Dhoni and her daughter Ziva and others.
Former head of advertising giant WPP, Martin Sorrell, BP Group CEO Bob Dudley, Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch and Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih are also invited.
Reportedly, the guests have access to an exclusive app that has a detailed insight on the events of the days and the schedule.
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The pre-wedding festivities have already begun in Udaipur and now, global pop singer Beyonce has landed at Udaipur airport as she will be performing live today at Isha-Anand's pre-nuptial ceremony.
On Friday, the families started the pre-wedding functions with a special four-day "Anna Seva" to feed 5,100 people, a majority with special abilities, here. Mukesh Ambani opted for a maroon Nehru jacket, while wife Nita was dressed in an beige kurta with Benarasi dupatta.
On opening, Isha and Anand's wedding invitation played the Gayatri Mantra, and featured a note from the couple seeking the blessings of goddess Gayatri. The Piramals have interests in pharmaceuticals and real estate, and according to a report in the news magazine India Today, have given the couple a 50,000-sq-foot (4,645-sq-m) sea-facing home in Mumbai.
Former union minister Praful Patel arrives at the Udaipur Airport with his wife. Isha and Priyanka are friends and the bride-to-be even attended "The Quantico" actress' elaborate bachelorette in Amsterdam.
More than 100 chartered flights are landing in Udaipur's sleepy airport, a source on the spot, who declined to be identified, told Reuters.