Soundarya Rajinikanth ties the knot


The stage was done up with a mandapam in muted gold colour and rows of white flowers, thousands of people dressed in traditional silks walked in with excitement, several volunteers were busy extending their hospitality – Soundarya Rajinikanth’s wedding at the Rani Meyyammani Hall here on Friday was a grand affair.

The hall was packed as early as 7.30 a.m. The guests included leading directors, politicians, actors and family of the bride and the groom, Ashwin Ramkumar, a Stanford graduate.

Clad in a white shirt and a dhoti, the actor was his usual poised self. A yellow turban was tied around his head, even as he performed the wedding rituals for his daughter as per the Vedic/Tamil Brahmin tradition. The priest anchoring the rituals announced that the newly-wed were being blessed with verses in all four Vedas of the Hindu tradition as pandits chanted them.

Soundarya, who was first dressed in a green silk saree later changed into a red nine-yards saree. Her temple jewellery seemed to blend well with the “ethnic” ambience at the hall.

Rajinikanth and his wife Lata came down from the stage to receive guests – including the actor’s mentor director K. Balachander, director Mani Ratnam, actor Suhasini, poet Vairamuthu, former minister R.M.Veerappan, singer P. Susheela, actors Sivakumar and Prabhu.

A few minutes later, MDMK general secretary Vaiko came in, and soon after Home Minister P. Chidambaram, with his family, came in.

A range of enquiries could be heard in whispers – “Do you think the former CM will come? She came for his first daughter’s wedding.” – Many were discussing the possible arrival time of the Chief Minister and the possibility of AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa making it could be heard.

There were also other important queries such as “Did you have breakfast? Don’t miss the paayasam!”

When Ashwin tied the “thali”, to a majestic nagaswaram and thavil playing in the background, it was a poignant moment for Lata, bride’s mother, who was overcome by emotions.

Meanwhile, there was a lot of buzz in the dining area, with caterer ‘Arusivai’ Kumar supervising. “We’ve designed the menu to include some traditional dishes of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. We’re making poli in the Karnataka style. Around 3,000 guests will have breakfast, while about 5,000 are expected for lunch,” he said.

The highlight of the breakfast was Kesari and Kalkandu bath, while Cheroti and laddu were on the lunch menu.

Following the formal engagement earlier on Thursday, there was a reception. Guests including actors Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sridevi and Minister Alagiri attended this reception. Another reception is to be held Friday evening.

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