Rihanna kicks off Ambani-Merchant pre-wedding extravaganza with “electrifying” performance


International pop icon Rihanna shone bright like a diamond at the grand pre-wedding celebrations of Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant, delivering a memorable performance that became the talk of the town. The sensational event took place on Friday and brought together a constellation of stars from Bollywood, the Indian sports fraternity, and influential business figures from across the globe, all converging in Jamnagar for this spectacular event.

As the stars descended on the city, the theme of the evening, ‘An Evening in Everland,’ promised a magical escape, and it certainly delivered. Rihanna’s performance was a headline act, entrancing the guest list with her chart-topping tunes. According to attendees, who were quick to share visuals from the event on social media platforms, Rihanna’s renditions were nothing short of “electrifying.” The singer’s setlist included an impressive 17 tracks featuring some of her most-loved hits, including “Work,” “Diamonds,” and “Pour It Up.” Rihanna’s showcase was complemented by a dazzling display of fireworks, which painted the night sky with bursts of color and light. After leaving an indelible mark on the evening, the pop star departed India the following morning.

The Ambani family has a history of hosting lavish celebrations, and this event was no exception, as they had arranged an array of stunning performances to entertain their guests over the two days following Rihanna’s act. The lineup was studded with stars, including skilled Bollywood performers, with renowned singers Arijit Singh and Diljit Dosanjh, as well as the legendary illusionist David Blaine all making their way to Jamnagar.

Prior to the electric night, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani addressed the wedding guests. It was an emotional moment for the business mogul when his younger son Anant spoke about the health challenges he faced during his childhood. Anant Ambani was open-hearted, expressing deep gratitude towards his family, “My family has gone all out to make me feel special. My life has not entirely been a bed of roses. I have experienced the pain of thorns. I have faced many health issues since childhood, but my father and mother have never let me feel that I have suffered. They have always stood by me,” he reflected.

The guest list, which expanded to over a thousand names, featured an illustrious array of attendees including tech moguls like Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg, as well as industrial heavyweights like Laxmi Mittal, Anand Mahindra, and the CEO of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber. Bollywood’s A-listers, such as Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Deepika Padukone, and Ranveer Singh, were also among the celebrities set to grace the event. To accommodate this grandeur, around 400 charter flights were commissioned to ferry guests from various corners of the world to the extraordinary venue.

The venue itself was a testament to the Ambani family’s clout and taste for grandiosity, taking place at the Reliance Green campus near the massive refinery complex located 25 km from Jamnagar. This refinery holds the title of the world’s largest grassroots energy complex. Additionally, a vast new green energy project is currently under construction across an area spanning more than 5,000 acres in the same vicinity.

The luxurious temporary accommodations for the guests were also on full display, as badminton star Saina Nehwal gave her Instagram followers a virtual tour of the air-conditioned, fully-amenitized luxury tent which she occupied as a wedding guest. The shared videos also showcased battery-operated vehicles moving along the pathways that meandered through the tent city, underlining the opulence and detailed attention that went into crafting this extraordinary celebration.

The Ambani-Merchant pre-wedding extravaganza, highlighted by Rihanna’s spellbinding performance, has truly set a new benchmark in the world of high-profile nuptials, marrying tradition with a touch of modern showbiz flair.

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