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In Jaipur, a wedding in hot air balloon

india Updated: Dec 26, 2006 14:30 IST

Jaipur is ready to witness India's first wedding in a hot air balloon around 100 feet above the ground, with a priest chanting mantras and performing traditional rituals on board.

The ceremony, slated for December 29 or 30, will be held during Shubh Vivah, a part of the ongoing Indian Festival of Thematic Art (IFTA) 2006.

Mumbai-based Entertainment 7, the organisers of the festival, has kept the names of the couple a secret.

"The wedding will be the first of its kind in India. The names have been kept secret to generate more excitement. The pair could be a celebrity, foreigners or Indians. The names would be revealed only at the time of the event," said Anoop Srivastava of Entertainment 7.

"We have ordered a special hot balloon for the wedding. It would be flagged off with traditional music and with all the rituals of an Indian wedding," he said.

The IFTA December 23-31 festival will also screen 20 classic comedy films at a special theatre.

Entertainment 7, an event management company, helps promote cultural identity through films, events, trade fairs and exhibitions.