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Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant’s estimated $320 million wedding: all the details you need to know

Radhika Merchant was born in 1994, in Mumbai, to pharmaceutical tycoons Viren and Shaila Merchant, who founded Encore Healthcare. They are also among India’s richest billionaires. She studied political science at New York University and returned to India to join her parents’ business. Now Radhika sits on Encore Healthcare’s board along with her sister Anjali.

Radhika is also a trained Bharatanatyam dancer – after eight years of learning classical Indian dance at the Shree Nibha Arts Dance Academy in Mumbai, she graduated in 2022.

How did Anant and Radhika meet?

Given their family background, Anant and Radhika were part of the same social circles from childhood. Romance blossomed in 2017 during a leisurely car ride with friends. In 2018, the couple became Instagram official, posting a photo in matching green outfits.

Soon after, Radhika became a fixture at all important Ambani family functions, from Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal’s wedding in 2018 to Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta’s wedding in 2019. By now, Anant and Radhika’s relationship was pretty much confirmed, and all doubts were cleared in 2022 when Mukesh and Nita Ambani hosted Radhikas Arangetram ceremony (a Bharatanatyam dancer’s graduation performance) at the Jio World Center in Mumbai, which they built.

Radhika Merchant and Anant Ambani during their engagement at Antilia, the Ambani family home, on January 19, 2023 in Mumbai.

Photo: Hindustan Times/Getty Images

When is Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant’s wedding?

Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant’s wedding will take place in Mumbai on July 12, 2024.

What is Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant’s wedding venue?

The Ambani wedding festivities have spread across continents. There was the Rihanna star Hastakshar (signature) ceremony in Jamnagar, Gujarat, and a second pre-wedding celebration that went through Italy on a luxury liner and ended in Cannes with a concert with Katy Perry. Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant’s wedding ceremony will take place at the Jio World Convention Center in Mumbai.

Located in the Bandra Kurla Complex, the city’s central business district, the Jio World Convention Center spans 1,108,812 square feet and has five modular halls, 25 meeting rooms and a ballroom, offering spaces for large and small events. Indian News Agency Hindustan Times reports that the Mumbai Traffic Police announced specific road closures near the venue from 1 pm to midnight from July 12 to 15, to ensure smooth traffic flow for the wedding. The restrictions have sparked outrage online among those frustrated by public infrastructural disruption for a private event.

Who is planning Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant’s wedding?

Since the start of Anant and Radhika’s wedding season in March this year, the Bollywood fashion designer has turned wedding planner Manish Malhotra has been intimately involved in bringing mother of the groom Nita Ambani’s lavish visions to life.

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