Saturday, August 29, 2009

A quiet wedding for IT czar’s daughter

A quiet wedding for IT czar’s daughter
Bangalore, Aug 29, DH News Service:

It is going to be a quiet wedding in the IT Industry’s first family on Saturday. Akshata Murthy, daughter of Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy and Infosys Foundation Chairperson Sudha Murty, will enter into wedlock with Rishi Sunak, her Indian classmate from Stanford Business School.


Chamaraja Kalyana Mandira, South End Circle, Jayanagar, the venue of the wedding has been decked for the big occasion. The marriage will be followed by a high profile reception at the Leela Palace Hotel on Old Airport Road on Sunday.

A big posse of plainclothed policemen has been stationed at the wedding venue, considering the Narayana Murthy’s high-profile public standing and perceived security threats. The armed policemen would move around the hall in a discreet manner, and take suspicious elements into custody and question them in a polite manner. The policemen have reportedly been strictly told not to cause any embarrassment to either the hosts or their guests.

While around 1,000 guests are understood to have been invited for Sunday’s reception, the wedding would be a simple and largely a family affair. The City’s famous Adiga’s chain will be the caterers at the wedding.

The 29-year-old Akshata is a venture capitalist in cleantech space in California. A senior associate at Siderian Ventures, whose mission is to build entrepreneurial cleantech-enabling businesses with global perspective, Akshata is currently employed as marketing director with Tendris, a Dutch cleantech Incubator fund.

Like her sibling Rohan—who is a Microsoft fellow doing a doctoral programme in computer science at Harvard University—Akshata had schooled in Bangalore. She received her undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna in California and did her MBA from Standford.

Akshata is one of Infosys' largest individual shareholders with 1.4 per cent stake. Her networth is currently around Rs 1,600 crore.

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