Bringing two of the country's top business families together, software major Infosys Chief Mentor N R Narayana Murthy's son Rohan today entered into wedlock with Lakshmi Venu of the TVS group.
Rohan Murthy (28) is a Microsoft fellow, pursuing a PhD in Computer Science from Harvard University and Lakshmi (27) is the daughter of the country's second largest two-wheeler manufacturer TVS Motor Company Chairman Venu Srinivasan.
The star-studded event was attended by senior BJP leader L K Advani, Union Ministers P Chidambaram, Kamal Nath, Anand Sharma and G K Vasan besides top corporate honchos.
Infosys former Chairman and Unique Identification Development Authority of India President Nandhan Nilekani, Air Deccan founder-chairman Captain G R Gopinath and Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej were among the guests.
About 100-150 priests from the hill shrine of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam rendered "sthothrams" to bless the couple.
At 10.15 am, Rohan tied the 'mangalsutra' around Lakshmi's neck at the ceremony held at the house of A Ananthakrishnan Iyer, father of late business tycoon and Rs 7,000 crore Amalgamations Group Chairman A Sivasailam.
Rohan was seen dressed in a silk sherwani and Lakshmi looked resplendent in a red saree.
Tight security was in place at the venue in Radhakrishnan Salai and the media was kept at bay.
Carnatic vocalists Sudha Raghunathan and Soumya rendered devotional songs.
The reception is slated to be held tomorrow at a farm house on the outskirts of Chennai. Another reception has also been planned at Bangalore later this week.
According to Narayana Murthy, Rohan proposed to Lakshmi last year. The engagement was held in June 2010.
Lakshmi, who has a degree in Economics from Yale University and a PhD in manufacturing management from Warwick University in the UK, has been groomed to take greater responsibility in Sundaram Clayton (an auto component maker) and TVS Motor.
Her mother Mallika Srinivasan is the vice-chairman of Tractors and Farm Equipment (TAFE).
Rohan's mother Sudha Murthy is a well-known social worker and Chairperson of Infosys Foundation.
The Murthy family has about 4.5 per cent of the shares of Infosys Technologies, which has a market capitalisation of Rs 164,368 crore.
Rohan reportedly has 1.39 per cent with over 79 lakh shares in the company that his father co-founded.