Band Baaja Baaraat RC Amritsar Midtown Rotarians have been conducting mass ­marriages for the less privileged for the past 18 years.

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RC Amritsar Midtown, RI ­District 3070, under the Mass Marriages project, organised the marriages of 24 couples as per their respective rituals. Rs 35,000 was spent on each ­couple, who was gifted with utility items including clothes, beds, steel utensils, a ­jewellery box, furniture, etc. Baaraats were received with Dhol and band and special arrangements were made for the makeup of the brides. Breakfast and lunch were served to over 1,500 people.

The project was initiated by the club in 1998 and till date marriages of as many as 524 couples have been ­solemnised at a total ­expenditure of over Rs one crore. The Project ­Chairman, Rtn Sunil Kapur was honoured with Service above Self award by Rotary International and the project has received world-wide appreciation and recognition.n

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