Nisha Harle shared some pix of the big fat Indian Pooja Chitgopekar-Vikram Aditya Kumar wedding she helped orchestrate in New Zealand recently. Wedding highlights included:
Ten events over three days
two container-loads of Indian decorations from Mumbai including engraved thrones and a sculpture of Ganesh
Performances by the bhangra pop star Daler Mehndi, RDB and Signature
Two white horses and five chestnut horses were assembled for the groom and his best men
Shehanai, qawwalis, shadow play
Four priests for the formal Hindu wedding ceremony
Flight of nine helicopters in a V formation
an Auckland street was shut for the Bollywood baraat
At almost $10 million the biggest and most expensive wedding New Zealand has ever seen
Shalabh Kumar, the Chicago-based electronics millionaire of Autotech Viktron Group; a Bangalore-based world leader in computer circuit board equipment. He told the Herald he had been “inventing this wedding” since his son was a toddler.
Watch the wedding on NDTV’s “My Big Fat Indian Wedding”, rumor has it that its also set to become a feature film!
Pooja Chitgopekar is Miss Earth Air 2007 and represented India in the international Miss Earth 2007 beauty pageant (Miss Earth Air is Miss Earth’s equivalent for first runner up.) She won Miss India Earth, one of the three titles annually given by Femina India in Mumbai. Pooja is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from University of Auckland.