Ram Charan Teja, Upasana want to benefit local artisans from their marriage

Ram Charan Teja, Upasana want to benefit local artisans from their marriageThe South power couple Ram Charan Teja and Upasna Kamineni wants to create a lot of employment opportunities in Andhra Pradesh through their marriage. Superstar Chiranjeevi's son and actor Ram Charan and heiress of Apollo hospitals Upasna got engaged in December last year and are getting married on coming Saturday. Unlike the current trend of exporting flowers, expensive cutlery and other decorative items from foreign countries, the couple has employed artisans mostly from Andhra Pradesh and nearby states for the decoration of mandap and stage to benefit the artists from the country itself. Telling us about the wedding preparation, Upasna said, "We wanted to give the wedding a personal touch, so we came up with the idea of a marriage with an emphasis on various social causes. The bride-to-be, who has chosen the ancient Shiva-Parvathi theme for the marriage, said, Post the wedding, we will travel to Tirumala to seek the blessing of Lord Venkateshwara, after which we'll travel to Aragonda, the ancestral village of my grandfather, Dr Prathap C Reddy, where we plan to inaugurate a drinking water plant. We are also gifting 300 saris to the residents of Domakonda after I perform my religious rituals at the temple." The event manager of the marriage, Dinaz Noria informed, "Both Charan and Upasna were keen on generating employment through their wedding rather than just opting for those lavish sets. They would pick designs that would involve the most number of artisans." Giving details of the decoration being done at the Kamineni farm, Temple Tree, Dinaz said, "An unusual art form of suspending hand-blown glass from ceilings was showcased by a team from National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad , here. This art form is being used in the wedding. A Nandi is being put together with lotus-shaped hand-blown glass balls made by artisans from Moradabad and Firozabad." "The block-printing artisans are working on the table linen and chairs and people from Marathwada in Maharashtra are doing the flower-weaving. Florists from various parts of the country like Coimbatore are roped in. The decor will be mostly handmade. Apart from the florists, flower weavers and the hand-blown glass artisans, everything else is being done locally in AP from the structures to the air-conditioning."