NEW DELHI: Dozens of chartered planes carrying celebrities, together with former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton, flew right into a sleepy airport in western India for the lavish pre-wedding festivities for the daughter of India’s richest man.
Isha Ambani, 27, daughter of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, will marry Anand Piramal, 33, within the monetary capital of Mumbai subsequent Wednesday, however the celebrations started this weekend within the desert metropolis of Udaipur, with feasts, singing and dancing, and different pre-wedding rituals.
Safety was beefed up because the high-profile visitors began arriving at Udaipur’s airport, mentioned a supply on the scene, who requested to not be recognized. Outdoors, they have been awaited by luxurious sedans pushed by chauffers sporting white uniforms and vibrant Rajasthani turbans.
The Clintons and the Ambanis have an affiliation that goes again greater than 18 years and have met a number of instances each in India and overseas, based on Indian media experiences.
Then President Invoice Clinton held conferences in India with the Ambanis, together with deceased founder and Mukesh’s father Dhirubhai Ambani, simply earlier than and after he left the presidency in 2000-2001.
In March this 12 months, when Hillary Clinton visited India to ship a keynote speech at a convention in Mumbai, she dined with the Ambanis at their 27-floor Antilia residence – one of many world’s costliest houses, based on native media.
Many different prime industrialists, politicians, sports activities and Bollywood stars descended in Udaipur on Saturday to hitch what has been dubbed regionally “the large, fats Indian wedding ceremony.”
Indian metal magnate Lakshmi Mittal, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and newly-weds, actress Priyanka Chopra and singer Nick Jonas have been among the many visitors becoming a member of the bash.
Former head of promoting large WPP, Martin Sorrell, BP Group CEO Bob Dudley, Huffington Put up founder Arianna Huffington, 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch and Saudi Vitality Minister Khalid Al-Falih are additionally invited.
Friends for the celebrations, which can convey collectively two of India’s most influential households, have entry to an app mapping out the actions, which embrace a personal live performance by Beyonce.
Many in India, the place thousands and thousands stay in dire poverty, have intently adopted the preparations, together with the Ivy League-graduate couple’s engagement on the luxurious Villa D’Este lodge on Italy’s Lake Como, attended by greater than 600 visitors, and that includes a personal efficiency by singer John Legend.