Five months after a grand wedding reception in Mumbai, Bollywood super star Salman Khan's sister Arpita Khan will visit her husband Ayush Sharma's home town - Mandi - for the first time to attend "Dham", a traditional food festival being organised by rural development minister Anil Sharma to felicitate his daughter in-law and son.
The festival, being hosted at Mandi town's Gymkhana Club on May 25, will be attended by Salman Khan's family. However, Salman, who is busy shooting in different locations in Kashmir, will not be in attendance. More than 10,000 people from different parts of the state have been invited for the event.
"Since the couple is coming home for the first time, we are organising dham to felicitate them," rural development minister Anil Sharma, son of former telecommunication minister Sukhram, told Hindustan Times.
Dham is a mid-day meal served at marriages or any religious day. The meal is cooked only by botis (a particular caste of Brahmins who are hereditary chefs). The utensils used for cooking are normally made of copper. The meal is served on leaf plates to guests sitting on the floor. It includes plain aromatic rice, fried pulses or dal, spicy vegetable curry of red kidney beans and various desserts.
"Salman will come later, since his presence at the dham may lead to commotion. Arpita and Ayush will reach Mandi on May 24," Sharma said, adding that the couple was currently with Salman in Kashmir.