South Mumbai’s Power Elite at the Hitkari-Misra Sangeet

The Sangeet & Cocktails Evening hosted by Debbie and Arun Hitkari to celebrate the wedding of their son Arjun with Gayatri Misra was a fun and elegant affair, at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai. Society diva Debbie and her businessman husband Arun are very popular in Mumbai’s society circles, and The Crystal Room was full of prominent social and business personalities, and beautiful women in exquisite lehengas. The venue was decorated with pink roses and jasmine, and after the choreographed performances, just before midnight, Mika stepped in and kept the young and the old glued to the dance floor.

Gayatri and Arjun, Groom’s Parents Arun & Debbie Hitkari

Mika Singh, Sheetal Mafatlal

It was Shaadi week continued for many guests who had just returned from the Kothari- Bhartia wedding in Chennai. Also present were many head honchos from the Tata Group where Gayatri’s father Ajoy K Misra works as the Director of Tata Global Beverages, in London. We spotted YES Bank Head Honcho Rana Kapoor with all his family members, a lot of guests walked up to greet newly weds Raakhe Kapoor and her dapper husband Alkesh Tandon. Seen dressed in ethnic finery were Praful Patel, Pallavi Jaikishan, Pinky & Sanjay Reddy, Sharmilla Khanna, Bijal Meswani, Surendra & Alka Hiranandani, Rashmi & Sudhir Behl, Mana & Sunil Shetty, Deepika Gehani, Sheetal & Atulya Mafatlal, Dilip & Shalini Piramal, Tanaaz Doshi, Ramesh & Kiran Sippy, Neeta Lulla, Lilette & Ravi Dubey, Seema & Jaideep Mehrohtra, Shobhaa & Dilip De with daughters Avantikka, Arundhati and Anindita.

The menu by Grand Chef Hemant Oberoi was served in the Ballroom. Awadhi, Thai, Italian and Mediterranean, with a vast dessert section with traditional winter sweets too- we loved the Til Chikki with chocolate and the delectable ‘Louki Halwa’ at the Halwa counter.

Debbie Hitkari and the bride-to-be both glittered in ensembles by Abu-Sandeep. The groom wore a Tuxedo.

Niranjan & Kamal Hiranandani, Mr Raymond Bickson, MD & CEO Taj group and his wife

Mana and Sunil Shetty, Dilip and Shalini Piramal

Nisha Jamwval, Tanaaz Doshi, Pria Kataria Puri, Deepika Gehani

Glitz and Wow Weddings this Season

Its the time of the year when you hear about weddings and the grandest weddings. And you’re reading about it here first- news on the most high profile city and destination weddings.

Vardhan- Rawal Wedding in Mumbai
Kunal Vardhan, son of prominent builder and owner of Worli’s Atria Mall Champalal Vardhan is marrying Ritika whose father Neeraj Rawal, is a big name in the liquor distribution business. The ten day celebrations kicked off with a fun youngsters party at Atria Mall and the finale event is a grand reception at Mumbai’s Turf Club on November 24th. In 2010, Kunal’s sister Neelam’s wedding was the talk of the town- dubbed as the most expensive wedding in Mumbai, the highlight was a ‘Bingo Night’ at Grand Hyatt where the first three prize winners won an Audi-4, a BMW-3 Series and a C-class Merc!

Akon@Big Indian Wedding in Udaipur
Udaipur, India’s destination wedding capital will again witness one of the grandest weddings- Puru Sethia, son of UK business magnate Nirmal Sethia weds and International music sensation Akon will be performing a duet with Priyanka Chopra at his Sangeet at Jagmandir Palace tonight. The four day celebrations are at different exotic locations- Manek Chowk, Jagmandir, Devi Garh and Zanana Mahal. Many more ace artists are part of the celebrations- famous violinist Vanessa Mae, a 110 member circus group Cirque De Soleil, Kailash Kher, Raja Hasan and DJ Aqeel.

Singing sensation Akon performs at the Sangeet of Puru Sethia in Udaipur tonight. Jagmandir Palace, the venue for Puru Sethia’s sangeet

Mumbai’s high profile Banker’s daughter weds in Delhi
Rana Kapoor, the head honcho of YES Bank, one of the most enterprising individuals in the banking domain, is also well known for his passion for the good life. So naturally when his daughter Raakhe got engaged to Dubai businessman Alkesh Tandon, this was a dream assignment for India’s top wedding planners. E-Factor Events won the plum account of managing the Entertainment part of the extravaganza while the decor for the different functions at venues like Taj Palace and a farmhouse are being done by the best names in wedding design & decor- Delhi’s Geeta Samuel and Mumbai’s Dhun Cordo.

Dr Rana Kapoor and his wife. Their Daughter Raakhe Kapoor and fiance Alkesh Tandon

Destination Aamby Valley
Five years ago, the Sahara group Chairman took a decision of opening the doors of his prized Aamby Valley for wedding celebrations. Since then the destination has emerged as one of the favorite venues of the richest members of the Marwari community. Ahmedabad based Red Events, are managing four big weddings at Aamby Valley, including the wedding of the scion of Haldirams. The functions with different exotic themes, take place between 8th and 10th December, the decor for which is by R-1 Events, who specialise in exotic wedding decor.

Power Alliance in Pune
Swapnali, the daughter of flamboyant Pune hotelier and construction magnate Avinash Bhosale weds Harvard trained educationist and Youth Congress leader Vishwajeet Kadam on December 8th. Over 20,000 guests are expected at the mega wedding that is being planned by Aditya Motwane of Percept Weddings. Two years ago, Swapnali’s brother Amit’s wedding celebrations at Amanora Park Town in Hadapsar were a glitzy affair, and the swish set in Pune and Mumbai and looking forward to the Bhosale family celebrations again.

Builder Avinash Bhosale and his wife Gauri

Avinash Bhosale’s daughter Swapnali weds Youth Congress leader Vishwajeet Kadam in Pune

Chennai industrialists daughter weds Media barons son
Nayantara, daughter of Chennai industrialists Nina and Shyam Kothari is marrying Shamit, the son of Shobana Bhartia (Chairperson of The Hindustan Times). The wedding is in January, in Chennai after which the Bhartias host a celebration in Delhi. Last month, the Bhartias hosted a royal theme dinner at Delhi’s Imperial Hotel to formally introduce the to-be-weds to some of their friends. “I have been to the most beautiful celebrations in the world, but nothing compared to the class and understated elegance of this celebration”, a guest told us. We can’t wait to see the wedding photographs; seems highly unlikely though since the Kotharis and Bhartias are very private people.

An Elegant Affair at Taj Mahal Hotel
A week after Nayantara’s wedding in Chennai, is the wedding of Arjun Hitkari, son of prominent socialites & business persons Debbie and Arun Hitkari. Arjun is marrying Gayatri Misra who is the daughter of Ajoy Misra, a hean-honcho with the House of Tatas. So naturally, the venue for the wedding is the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai.

Hitkaris host a grand engagement at The Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai

It was a dream setting at Mumbai’s most elegant wedding venue- The Ballroom of the Taj Mahal Hotel. Arjun, son of prominent socialites & business persons Debbie and Arun Hitkari got engaged to Gayatri Misra. The city’s crème de la crème were there- politicians Chhagan Bhujbal and Sanjay Dina Patil, glamour personalities Shoba De, Nisha Jamvwal, Isha Koppikar, Bhagyashree, Sheetal Mafatlal and designer Maheka Mirpuri. A host of corporate CEO’s including Noel Tata who made a rare appearance. His Holiness Shankarachaarya of Puri was the special guest.

The star entertainer was Sukhbir who belted out popular hits like ‘Gal ban gayi’, ‘gudinaal ishk mita’ ‘nachle soniye’.

Debbie and Arun Hitkari with Arjun and Gayatri

Isha Koppikar, Sheetal Mafatlal, Nisha Jamvwal

Kiran Juneja and Bhagyashree, Shoba De