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Madame Tussauds comes to India

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 8:38 IST

The iconic Madame Tussauds' wax museum is set to open shop in New Delhi next year, and will feature wax figures of Bollywood stars. The venture was announced in London on 12 November, the first day of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's three-day UK visit.

It is believed that the parent group of Madame Tussauds' museum, Merlin, will invest 50 million pounds in India over the next decade to bring the famous Sea Life aquariums and Legoland Discovery centres to cities across India.

Ahead of the 70th year of Indian Independence, British Prime Minister David Cameron on 12 November announced that 2017 would be commemorated as the UK-India Year of Culture.

"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," Prime Minister David Cameron said.

The India-UK year of culture will also see the British library digitising 2,00,000 pages of their South Asian archive, making Indian books from 1714 to 1914 available across the world."

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," Cameron said.

A Shakespeare first folio and a copy of the Magna Carta will also go on touring displays across India, among other treasures from the British Museum

First published: 13 November 2015, 12:44 IST