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How an Udupi Couple Made Their Special Day a ‘Green’ Affair Worth Remembering!

Sudhakara and Harinakshi’s wedding ceremony was held at Thumbe Karkera Auditorium in Uchila, where extra care was taken to avoid anything made of plastic.

Weddings in India have become synonymous with grandeur and enormous displays of wealth—irrespective of which state the parties hail from.

However, one ceremony in Udupi begged to differ and made the special day an affair to remember.

With the objective of spreading a green message, the wedding featured not just the couple and their relatives as Crusaders but the Zilla panchayat of Udupi as well!

Sudhakara and Harinakshi’s wedding ceremony was held at Thumbe Karkera Auditorium in Uchila, where extra care was taken to avoid anything made of plastic—by none other than the zilla panchayat president Dinakara Babu.

Starting from the invites to the plates used for serving food, the president made sure that every material used in the wedding was environment-friendly.

For representational purposes. Source: Flickr.

In fact, two panchayat development officers (PDO) were deployed to keep a check on the arrangements before the marriage. The report was submitted to deputy commissioner Priyanka Mary Francis, who made it a point to be part of the ceremony.

“I have suggested members of all Yuvaka Mandalas make marriage ceremonies in their locality eco-friendly events and thereby join hands to make ‘Swachh Udupi Mission’ successful. Accordingly, Navachethana Yuvaka Mandala member Sudhakara has made his wedding ceremony free from plastic. The couple has become role models. This initiative should be replicated in all ceremonies in the district,” she told Bangalore Mirror.

Making the culinary aspect of the wedding fall inline with the couple’s vision were Excellent Caterers, who arranged eco-friendly items for the function.


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Commending the catering company, the commissioner has called upon all caterers in the district to follow green protocol and avoid using plastic items at the places and events where they serve food. She also mentioned that such caterers would be honoured with certificates.

As the district is busying gearing up to become ‘Swachh Udupi’ by October 2, the green wedding comes along at the right time and has raised the benchmark for eco-friendly initiatives across the country.

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Written by Lekshmi Priya S

Shuttling between existentialist views and Grey's Anatomy, Lekshmi has an insanely disturbing habit of binge reading. An ardent lover of animals and plants, she also specializes in cracking terribly sad jokes.