The wedding of Niharika Konidela and J.V. Chaithanya, taking place at the destination venue of Udaipur, Rajasthan, follows Telugu traditions, right down to the music.
“Sannai Melam from Hyderabad and priests from Andhra Pradesh have been roped in. So all the rituals in the event are performed according to our Telugu sampradayam,” says Naga Babu, the bride’s father, giving us all the details of the wedding, earlier in the day.
The food, however, is a mix of Telugu and other cuisines. “Before the wedding, my wife Padmaja and Niharika had a word with the chefs about the cuisines. Keeping in view the guests and the season, we have provided a spread that is a blend of various cuisines — Rajasthani, Telugu, continental and oriental,” he says.
The wedding ceremony is the culmination of other rituals like the sangeet, haldi and mehendi, which went on up to midnight on Monday and Tuesday respectively.
A special occasion for the family
For Naga Babu, the celebrations were complete when his younger brother Pawan Kalyan joined them for the mehendi function on Tuesday night. “Everyone is occupied with prior commitments, and there is always a chance that someone might miss a family function. But thankfully, all the members of the family were able to attended the wedding,” beams Naga Babu....