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They will take you on a musical journey

Staff Correspondent

Museum housing life-size wax statues, musical instruments opens

— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Waxing eloquent:Over 100 wax statues and 300 musical instruments are on display at the museum in Mysore.

MYSORE: The museum housing life-size wax statues and musical instruments was inaugurated by Minister in-charge of Mysore district S.A. Ramdas on Sunday.

It could very well become a tourist attraction as over 100 wax statues and 300 musical instruments will be exhibited at the museum located at Melody World in Siddhartha Layout here.

The museum has been developed by Shreeji Bhaskaran, who had earlier developed wax museums in Ooty in Tamil Nadu which opened in March 2007 and in historic old Goa which opened in July 2009.

What is special about the wax museum in Mysore is that even the musical instruments are made of wax, in addition to the statues which represent musicians of various genres from Indian classical, and south Indian to jazz and rock, a press release from Melody World said.

“Clothes are made to match the fabric and style. The wax used is paraffin with some additives. Colour is added to the wax in molten state and cosmetic colouring is applied at the final stages. While eyes and teeth are artificial, the hair used may be natural or synthetic,” the release said.

Besides making a wax statue of the former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and statues of other celebrities, Mr. Bhaskaran has also made wax statues of the ‘The Last Supper' (22 ft in length and 500 kg of wax used).

“This was unveiled in Goa in November 2006. It is on display at the wax museum there and it has been included in tour packages by the Goa Tourism Ministry,” the release said.

Mr. Bhaskaran, an engineering graduate in electronics and MBA, started making wax statues, in 2003.

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