The famous wax museum, Madame Tussauds’ situated in London will soon be opening in Delhi under the India-UK Year of Culture 2017. Celebrating the 70th independence day of India, the initiative has been undertaken by both the countries to strengthen its economical as well as cultural bonds. Madame Tussauds‘ is a famous name in India owing to the display of wax statues of some of Bollywood’s important personalities.
Actors and actresses who have their wax statue at Madame Tussauds‘ in London include Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, Hrithik Roshan and the recent addition is Katrina Kaif. Among which Big B and his daughter-in-law Aishwarya were among the pioneers at Madame Tussauds‘. And now Indian audience will get a chance to experience the same in Delhi.
British Prime Minister David Cameron revealed in an announcement that several British national treasures will be displayed in India under this initiative which was agreed upon after Indian PM Narendra Modi’s visit to UK. Cameron stated that according to him, the great partnership between India and the UK extends beyond economic ties to the boards of The Bard and the beaches of Bollywood. Both the countries have some of the best cultural exports in the world and it’s about time we celebrated this together.
Apparently a huge sum of 50 million pounds is being set forth to be invested in Indian infrastructure over the next 10 years introducing entertainment segments like Sea Life aquariums and Legoland Discovery Centres in the country. As a part of the programme, historic British texts Shakespeare’s First Folio, the first collected edition of the Bard’s plays and the 1225 edition of the Magna Carta will be toured across India for viewing. Under the same initiative, two centuries of Indian printed books held by the British Library dating from 1714 to 1914 will be made accessible to anyone around the globe.