Eco-friendly wedding card for Vivek and Priyanka’s marriage

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2010, 17:37 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: Bollywood hunk Vivek Oberoi is soon to be married with Priyanka Alva, daughter of danseuse Nandini Alva and late Janata Dal (U) leader Jeevaraj Alva.

Buzz has it that Vivek and Priyanka’s wedding card is a limited-edition piece with Ganjifa art. The card is in the form of a box, containing chocolates along with an invite for the wedding and reception. The scroll in the box displays the date and venue for the wedding and reception.

Vivek and Priyanka are known to be an eco-friendly couple, who have put in a lot of thought while selecting their wedding card. According to the reports, the card is entirely made up of environment friendly material.

Apparently, the idea of having Ganjifa art painted on the card was suggested by Priyanka’s brother Aditya. Vivek and Priyanka’s mother met with the Ganjifa artists personally and selected the paintings for the card.

Talking to a news daily, a source close to the family said, "the invite and the bag carrying the invite have been made from handmade herbs. Crushed gem stones and real gold and not synthetic dyes (as used in normal cards) have been used in the paintings. A sale of a painting provides one family with food and other necessities for a month."

An excited source added, "Even the scroll is made from 100 per cent recycled material. Priyanka wanted the cards to be environment friendly."

The invite also carries information about Ganjifa art form. It reads, "It`s a form of miniature, aesthetic paintings. Ganj means treasure. It evolved in its embellishments taking nuances from Mughal miniature art and the Tanjore art from South India. This art form was greatly patronised by the Vodeyars in Mysore. Ganjifa paintings are divided into two parts the top part which has the image of the deity and the bottom part which has a symbol for the deity. It has been our endevour to contribute to the revival of this art form."

Both the families will be sending out 2000 invites in total. The wedding will be taking place in Bengaluru on October 29, 2010 and the reception will be held in Mumbai on October 31, 2010.