Madame Tussauds Wax Museum to Open in Delhi

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New Delhi: A major crowed puller in London, the world-famous Madame Tussauds wax museum will open its new venture in New Delhi for Bollywood stars as part of the India-UK Year of Culture in 2017, it was officially announced in London, coinciding with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to the UK.

Bollywood stars such as Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif are among the most popular exhibits at the famous waxworks in London.

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According to the announcement by British Prime Minister David Cameron, a Shakespeare First Folio, treasures from the British Museum and a copy of the Magna Carta will go on touring displays in India for the 2017 cultural exchange. A festival of India will be staged in the UK during the year.

“The great partnership between India and the UK extends beyond economic ties to the boards of The Bard and the beaches of Bollywood. We have some of the best cultural exports in the world – and it’s about time we celebrated this, together,” Cameron said.

The British Library will be digitising 200,000 pages of their South Asian archives, making India books from 1714 to 1914 accessible around the globe. A year long-programme to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and UK cultural ties has been announced by Cameron.

“The great partnership between India and the UK extends beyond economic ties to the boards of The Bard and the beaches of Bollywood. We have some of the best cultural exports in the world – and it’s about time we celebrated this, together. To mark the start of this cultural pairing, the British Library will be digitising 200,000 pages of their South Asian archives,” Cameron said.

“Two centuries of Indian print will be part of a major programme to make the wealth of Indian printed books held by the British Library dating from 1714 to 1914 accessible to anyone around the globe,” he said.

The parent group of Madame Tussauds’, Merlin, is set to invest 50 million pounds in India over 10 years, rolling out other UK favourites, such as Sea Life aquariums and Legoland Discovery Centres, across Indian cities.

(With PTI Inputs)

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