If music be the food for love
In a private ceremony that was a perfect blend of two faiths, singer Benny Dayal tied the knot with Catherine Thangam
It’s been five months since the Badtameez Dil singer, Benny Dayal, wedded his model girlfriend Catherine Thangam. Theirs is a love story that has overcome the challenges and vagaries of a long-distance relationship.
Born in Kuwait and raised in New York, Thangam spent her formative years at school and then working on her passion—acting. It was here, while pursuing her love for the arts, that she met her husband, singer Dayal. “My background in dance led us to meet each other. Benny worked closely with a common dancer friend, who was a part of the AR Rahman Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home World Tour in 2010. It was a few years later that she introduced us to each other and we instantly connected. We talked for about six months before he came to New York to meet me. After much coordination with my friends, he showed up at my doorstep with two dozen lilies. I knew at that moment that we were going to spend our lives together.”
Dayal proposed to Thangam in an extremely private setting, catching her off guard. She recalls, “Benny surprised me a few days before his birthday by visiting me in New York. He wanted to spend the day together at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. I had mentioned it a few times during our conversations, so I thought he just wanted to see for himself why I loved the place so much. On that beautiful day, we walked around, enjoying the different floral exhibitions. And before I knew it, he was down on one knee with this gorgeous ring in hand.”
The couple tied the knot in June earlier this year. The three-day celebration kick-started with a Moroccan-themed mehendi. Instead of a lehenga and choli, Thangam chose to live out her favourite animated character Jasmine, by donning a sky blue printed high waist skirt with a white blouse. The outfit was designed by Tan Kuruvilla of Kavani. Benny wore a simple kurta designed by Troy Costa. The theme for the pre-wedding cocktail was ‘Hollywood Glamour’. Adorned in statement kundan jewellery, the bride chose a brocade embroidered lehenga comprising a full-length black jacket featuring gold thread work and a full black skirt. Benny complemented her style in a custom-made black suit by Troy Costa. For the wedding, the theme was ‘Kerala Vintage’. Thangam wore a beige Sabyasachi cape sari. Given that the ceremony was held during the day, she paired her heavily embroidered sari with minimalistic makeup and a maroon bindi.
For the wedding, Benny wore a traditional Kerala style outfit—mundu and juba. The couple’s starstudded guest list included the likes of singer AR Rahman, music composer Vishal Dadlani and singer Neeti Mohan among others. “On the wedding day, the Hindu ceremony was conducted first followed immediately by the Christian service. All our functions were held at the Templetree Leisure in Bengaluru. We were blessed to have our guests from the UAE, US, Singapore and various parts of India attend it,” shares Thangam.
Immaculately planned and executed, there are many moments in her wedding celebration that she will cherish. She shares, “The father-daughter dance was a special moment I will forever hold close to my heart. Also, my first dance with Benny was really beautiful. He sang Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas as we danced in front of our friends and family.”
Photos: Doodle Studio Wed-deography and Sephi Bergerson Photography (SILK photos)