The countdown to Isha Ambani’s wedding with Anand Piramal has kicked off in Udaipur. Before the marriage rituals take place at the Ambani residence in Mumbai on 12 December, the bride’s family, led by her parents Mukesh and Nita Ambani, is hosting a pre-wedding celebration on December 8 and 9.
Kicking off the pre-wedding festivities, the Ambani and the Piramal families set up 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.
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.
A few days ago, there was a sneak peek of what could be the insides of the wedding invite, which the Ambanis had first taken to the Siddhivinayak temple. The Ambani and Piramal families hosted a three-day bash on September 22, at Lake Como in Italy, in order to celebrate Isha and Anand's engagement. It was quite an extravagant affair and people are expecting it to get even bigger and better during the wedding.
The engagement bonanza planned by the Ambanis was quite a star-studded affair with eminent Bollywood celebrities such as Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas, Janhvi Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Sonam and Anand Ahuja in attendance.
Ace celebrity designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee had recently shared pictures of the bride-to-be on Instagram where she can be seen donning a gorgeous red hand-embroidered tilla-work lehenga and antique bandhej dupatta, for her Graha Shanti Pooja.
‘Anna Seva’, an act of serving food to people. 5100 persons including special children and their families were present at the event.
The bride and groom, along with their parents and Isha’s brother Anant were seen dressed in traditional attires for the ritual.