Aishwarya Shivakumar, daughter of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President DK Shivakumar, recently got engaged in Bengaluru. Her husband-to-be is Amartya Hegde, the eldest son of the late Café Coffee Day baron VG Siddhartha, and grandson of BJP leader SM Krishna. The engagement ceremony on Thursday was a private affair, attended by friends and family from both sides. According to reports, Aishwarya and Amartya’s wedding is due in February, 2021.
According to NDTV, the event was also attended by Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, a BJP leader in opposition to Shivakumar from Congress. Both Yediyurappa and Shivakumar, recently recovered from COVID-19, were seen seated amicably together at the ceremony despite political rivalry. News reports suggest that the engagement between the young couple had been finalised prior to Siddhartha’s death by suicide in July 2019.
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Things to know about the engaged couple:
22-year-old Aishwarya is reportedly an engineering graduate who currently manages the Global Academy of Technology, the engineering college founded by her father. Amartya, 26 years old, meanwhile has taken charge of his father’s Coffee Day business since his demise and handles the enterprise along with his mother Malavika.
The young couple went for a light pink theme for their colour co-ordinated wedding outfits. The rituals were conducted by Aishwarya’s father, DK Shivakumar, Times Now reports. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, several guests were seen donning masks.
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VG Siddhartha’s Death In 2019
60-year-old ‘Coffee King’ VG Siddhartha had died by suicide in July last year, his body was recovered from the banks of the Netravati river in Mangalore, two days after he first disappeared. The cause of death was ruled as drowning. In his parting note, Siddhartha had mentioned severe mental stress caused by financial pressure.
Credited for founding one of the most successful homegrown coffee chain brands, the coffee baron’s death had struck a huge blow to the public. It had focused attention on the need to address mental health problems despite success. He is survived by his wife Malavika and younger sons Amartya and Ishaan.