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Engineer sculpts wax figures of the famous and notorious in Ooty
Uthagamangalam | March 25, 2007 1:16:07 PM IST
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The famous and the notorious have come alive in wax, thanks to the passion and hard work put in Shreeji Bhaskaran, an engineer and a master craftsman in wax

A130-year-old bungalow in Uthagamangalam or Ooty as it was known till a few years back, houses a museum of these wax figures that include Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation and technocrat president A P J Abdul Kalam, besides images of a host of epic heroes and godmen.

"This is a hobby I started four years ago. I have about 20 statues here. Now, it takes about four to 16 weeks to make a statue and the cost is approximately three lakhs (6878 dollars) to 15 lakhs (34,388 dollars) depending on the complexity of the statues. I hope this will become a tourist attraction in Ooty," says Bhaskaran, the Bangalore-based candle manufacturer who has been passionately promoting the artwork at the Wax World in Ooty.

Bhaskaran uses both conventional sculpting and moulding methods and digital imaging techniques.

The life-sized statues look as good as real and viewers said they were impressed.

"The museum is a very nice work of art but the statues of Manmohan Singh and Abdul Kalam stand out from the rest, they look really real," said Suriya, a tourist.

Nithen, another tourist drew comparisons with the famous Madame Tussauds in London and said the effect of the hard work was very realistic.

Bhaskaran said his best piece so far was the 22-foot-long `The Last Supper', which is made with 500 kg of wax and is displayed in Goa.

Every statue takes about 50 kilograms of wax and Bhaskaran is not ready to put a price tag. It was simply a work of passion, Bhaskaran said. (ANI)

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