WEB DESK: Madame Tussauds’, world famous Wax Museum in London, will open its new venture in New Delhi for Bollywood stars as part of the India-UK Year of Culture in 2017, NDTV reports.
During Narendra Modi’s recent visit to the UK, it was officially announced in London.
Waxworks of Bollywood stars such as Amitabh Bachchan and Katrina Kaif are among the most popular ones in London.
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.
Cameron also announced that an Indian Festival would 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 Year of Culture 2017 will see an exciting festival of events celebrating the vibrant cultural history of the two countries. Top UK institutions will partner with their Indian counterparts to strengthen cultural and economic ties between the two nations, and showcase British creativity on the global stage.
“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,” Mr Cameron 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.
The UK is already a big hit with Indian tourists. Last year saw a record breaking 400,000 visits to the UK from India and in the first half of 2015 Indian tourists spent 199 million pounds during their stays.