Sunday, March 27, 2016

Wax Statue of Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar to attract tourists

The Wadiyar dynasty which ruled Mysore for centuries has contributed immensely for the growth of art and culture by encouraging artisans and artists in the Royal court and showering them with gifts and awards.

As a mark of tribute to the Wadiyar family, Wax Museum, located in Siddartha Layout, will be putting up a life size look-alike statue of late scion Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar at its premises.

The statue is being created by 50-year-old Shreeji Bhaskaran, who initiated the concept of Wax Museum. Using about 150 kgs of wax, he has created the statue from last three months. The wax statue of Wadiyar in sitting position is about 6 feet tall and the estimated cost is Rs 10 lakh.

With dasara round the corner, the statue will be cynosure of all eyes during the period. Pramoda Devi Wadiyar will unveil the statue on September 20 at 12 noon at Museum Premises.

Manager at the Wax Museum, Santosh, said that due to repeated requests from the residents of Mysore and tourists alike, it was decided to place the wax statue of last Wadiyar in the museum. The museum already houses the wax replica of another famous ruler of Mysore, late Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV, which was unveiled during the 2012 Dasara celebrations.

A tourist from Kerala Manoj said: “We have heard about Waidyar's and their contribution to society. The visitors to the Wax museum can have a look of the statue of Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar. The rulers will remain in our minds forever.”

It can be mentioned here that recently a sand sculpture was created by Artist Gowri. While plans are on card to place POP statues of famous Wadiyars of Mysore at Kuppanada Park, where this year's Flower Show is being held.

The Wax Museum in city is based on a theme related to different kinds of musical instruments played world over. It exhibits over 100 wax statues and over 350 musical instruments most of which were purchased from all across the world.

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