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Glitz at Chatwal-Sachdev reception

The wedding of New York hotelier Sant Chatwal's son Vikram to Priya Sachdev was spread over 3 cities.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 16:09 IST

With the city's swish set in attendance, it was glitz and glamour all the way at the wedding reception of hotelier Sant Chatwal's son Vikram with city socialite Priya Sachdev, bringing the curtain down on a weeklong event that was spread over three cities.

Rising to the occasion, the Maurya Sheraton hotel pulled out all stops for the twin-venue reception at the open-air Nandiya Garden and the sprawling indoor Kamal Mahal.

"We did this to accommodate the large number of guests and to ensure that everyone will get a chance to greet the couple without people falling over themselves," an aide of the elder Chatwal explained.

And, with "Royal India" being the theme of the evening, the bridal couple very appropriately drove up in a horse-drawn carriage even as guests showered rose petals on them.

The food, too, perfectly complemented the theme - sourced as it was from the hotel's world-renowned outlets of Bukhara, Dum Pukht and Dakshin.

"We picked out the best these outlets had to offer. From Bukhara, we had the Sikandari raan and mutton tikkas; from Dum Pukht came kakori kabas, kormas and biryanis; from Dakshin came chicken chettinad as also appam and chicken stew," a hotel spokesperson explained.

"We adequately catered for the vegetarians with our vast array of slow cooked dals (lentils), baked vegetables and, of course, appam with vegetable stew.

"There was also an array of deserts, from pastries, to ice cream, to firni, gulab jamuns and fresh fruit," the spokesperson added.

Earlier Sunday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was among the large number of dignitaries who witnessed the couple taking their vows in a traditional Sikh ceremony at the Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib here.

"I had been told the prime minister was very busy and might not be able to attend. I am extremely glad he made it," Sant Chatwal told IANS.

There were a number of other biggies too, among them Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, Zee TV chief Subhash Chandra and New York Congressman Joe Crowley.

"I feel really happy. It's taken me five years to get Vikram settled and I'm happy he has found the match of his choice," said Sant Chatwal.

It's been a hectic round of celebrations that began in Mumbai on the eve of Valentine's Day with socialite Queenie Dhondy, who introduced the couple two years ago, hosting a party attended by the who's who of Bollywood.

The action then shifted to Udaipur with parties in Jag Mandir and Devigarh based on the "Carnival" and "Fantasia" themes Wednesday.

While Devigarh near Udaipur was the venue of a lunch, Jag Mandir in Lake Pichola was the venue for the dinner party, which ended late in the night.

The jaimala (garland) ceremony held here Saturday turned out to be another black tie event with the likes of steel magnate Lakshmi Mitttal putting in an appearance.

First Published: Feb 20, 2006 16:09 IST