Vivek, Priyanka to tie the knot tomorrow

BANGALORE: Dashing Bollywood hero Vivek Oberoi is bound to break many hearts when he ties the knot with Priyanka Alva on Friday.

The wedding day begins with the marriage ceremony at 8.30am at Alva’s residence, before moving on to the Chancery Pavilion, where ceremonies and music concerts will go on till 11pm. Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa is expected to be a special guest at the wedding.

While most Bollywood stars will attend the reception on Sunday at a five-star hotel in Mumbai, Vivek’s friends Sushmita Sen and Dia Mirza are expected to be in Bangalore for the nuptials. Tarun Tahiliani, who’s designed the wedding attire for the bride and bridegroom, will also be present along with Kumar Taurani, producer of Vivek’s ‘Prince’, and Sachin Gupta, who scored the music for that film. Chiranjeevi, Ram Charan Teja and Allu Arjun may also attend.

The bride’s younger brother, Aditya, had his thread ceremony on Wednesday morning at the Alva residence, attended by the Oberois and about 300 more guests. Carnatic musician Manasi Prasad regaled the family with some scintillating singing.

Thursday will see a performance by Sivamani, who is slated to play between 9pm and 10pm, after which DJ Jasmeet will take over and churn out tunes from ‘Rakht Charitra’, ‘Saathiya’ and ‘Prince’, among other popular numbers from Vivek’s hits. Bhangra is also on the cards, adding a Punjabi-Sindhi touch to the wedding.

Friday will see a shehnai recital at 11am, haldi and chura ceremony at 12 noon, sehra bandhi and high tea beginning at 4pm, baarat at 5.30pm, milni and jayamala around 7pm, followed by a flute concert by Praveen Godkhindi and a veena concert by Kannan. Dinner, another shehnai performance and pheras will wrap up the event.

K V Bhaskar Raju, director, Chancery Pavilion, is all excited. "We are very happy to host the Oberois. They are here with a lot of family and friends. Nandini Alva is a family friend, which is why they chose our hotel," he said.

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