Kashmir in Delhi: Touchwood Group and Geeta Samuel Deliver an Enchanted Engagement Evening
by Gitikka Ganju Dhar Weddings | July 25, 2016 | Guest Article
Gitikka Ganju Dhar Touchwood Group Q Events by Geeta Samuel
On July 16, experiential agency Touchwood Group recreated the pristine paradise of Kashmir in Delhi. The occasion was the engagement of Meghna Ahluwalia and Nikhil Joshi, hosted by her Orissa-based family at The Ahluwalia Manor in Chhatarpur, New Delhi. And who else but the master crafter Geeta Samuel to take on the daunting task of recreating paradise.
I asked Vijay Arora, Chief at the Touchwood Group about how this idea, to recreate the ambience of Kashmir came about. “Simple!” he said, “It is so hot in Delhi, so I thought, I’ll recreate Kashmir.” And we laughed it off together. That’s Vijay Arora for you. A man of few words, but the producer of big, important social gigs!
I left Mumbai and walked straight into Kashmir. It was like I was in a valley of flowers, a magical cave of ice sculptures amidst scented clouds of Itar. A flower-decked Shikara bar was installed in a makeshift Dal Lake; ice-sheeshas , a Vodka surahi, and an ice-fountain inspired by the one in Chinar Bagh were some of the details that added to the flavour of the evening.
Creative Cuisines Inc. (CCI) served Kashmiri cuisine at a specially erected Kashmiri restaurant, ‘Wazwan’.
Family, friends and revellers were welcomed by Kashmiri folk singer Tariq and his accompanying musicians, who had travelled from Pahalgam for the occasion. The hostesses were dressed in local Kashmiri garb. Lilting tunes from Paras Nath’s flute floated in the air. Nikhil, the groom-to-be and his parents, Bhavana and Deepak Joshi, were welcomed warmly by Meghna’s parents, Manjula and Kamaljeet Ahluwalia. Meghna then sashayed in, chaperoned by her sisters, into a cloud of bubbles, snow and myriad silver tunes. The engagement ceremony saw aerial dancers showering flower petals on the couple. And I thought to myself, promises made in Jannat last a lifetime.
Once the formalities were over, the ecstatic families wanted to celebrate and make merry. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan performed for three hours to a delighted audience. DJ Shadow from Dubai made sure everyone partied till the sun came up.
The unmatched beauty of Kashmir is a theme, largely unused that can enchant like none other. Team Touchwood and Q Events by Geeta Samuel might just have started a trend!
Gitikka Ganju Dhar is a Live Host, TV Anchor & Event Content Writer based in Mumbai.
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Gitikka Ganju Dhar reports on the Kashmir-themed engagement she recently hosted in Delhi. The evening featured ice sculptures, a ‘Dal Lake’, a Vodka Surahi, and an ice-fountain.