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Mother’s Wax Museum - Captivating Calcutta
191    Dibyendu Banerjee    03/04/2024

Located in New Town, opposite to the central gate of Eco Park, the Mother’s Wax Museum, containing life size wax statues of more than 50 personalities, is a new feather in the crown of the city of Kolkata. Named after Mother Teresa, the museum was established in November 2014, and opened its doors for the public on 24 December 2014 on the 5th and 6th floor of the building of the West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited, an enterprise under the Government of West Bengal, as a tribute to motherhood and recognize the extraordinary contributions made by women to society.

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The Mother’s Wax Museum in Kolkata offers a journey that begins with an exterior view of the building and continues with an immersive experience inside, which houses the wax sculpture of the famous mothers, along with the reputed athletics, artists, social workers, scientists and more, with each figure complemented by displays depicting their contribution to the society.

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The Mother’s Museum in Kolkata, dedicated to the spirit of motherhood, contains one of its most notable exhibits, a life size wax sculpture of Mother Teresa, a motherly caring soul, dedicated to the service of the destitute and the less fortunate and also the founder of the Missionaries of Charity.

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Among the other famous mothers, it also houses, a wax sculpture of the Holy Mother, Sarada Devi, the wife and spiritual consort of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, who was instrumental in the growth of the Ramakrishna Movement, a wax replica of the legendary sports person Mary Kom, for her exemplary courage, determination and commitment to boxing, as well as serving all the duties and responsibilities of a mother and also a wax statue of astronaut Kalpana Chawla, the first woman of Indian descent to visit space, who dedicated her life for the sake of science. In addition to that, the museum also exhibits wax models of several common, ordinary, everyday women, demonstrating their extraordinary courage, fortitude and selfless dedication to their jobs as mothers and caregivers.

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The wax sculptures in the Mother’s Museum represent the famous people from history and contemporary personalities, with a special focus on India, exhibited in lifelike poses, wearing real contemporary clothes.

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However, sometimes, some of the sculptures are often removed to make place for the new. The sculptures are broadly categorised and exhibited in several different sections, which include the History and Leaders section, the Literature and Spirituality section, Bollywood-Tollywood and Hollywood section, Sports, and the last, but not the least, Music section.

mothers wax museum
mothers wax museum

In the History and Leaders section of the museum, several stalwarts of the country with historical importance, like Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, B R Ambedkar, Pranab Mukherjee, A P J Abdul Kalam, along with Sheikh Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh and others, have been frozen into their life-like wax statues. However, the Literature and Spirituality section is evidently divided into two untitled subsections. While the spiritual division displays the eminent figures like Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo, along with Mother Teresa, Sister Nivedita and the famous social reformer Raja Rammohan Roy, the literature section proudly presents the figures of Rabindranath Tagore, Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay and Kazi Nazrul Islam, along with the renowned scientists like Albert Einstein, Satyendra Nath Bose, Jagadish Chandra Bose and the like.

mothers wax museum
mothers wax museum

In the section allotted to music, the Mother’s Wax Museum paid its tribute to some of the legends in the world of music by displaying the wax sculptures of Pandit Ravi Shankar, Lata Mangeshkar, Hemanta Mukhopadhyay, Manna Dey, Kishore Kumar, Pandit Ravi Shankar, along with Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and others. Its sports section also proudly presents the figures of the famous football players, like Diego Maradona, David Beckham and Lionel Messi, while cricket is represented by the likes of Kapildev Nikhanj, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli.

mothers wax museum
mothers wax museum

Several wax sculptures of the glittering stars of the world cinema have added additional glamour to the Mother’s Museum, which include Hollywood actors Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and many more. While the Bombay film world, nicknamed Bollywood, is represented by the figures of Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Priyanka Chopa and others, cinema of West Bengal, also known as Tollywood, is gracefully represented by the figures of the famous film director Satyajit Ray film, along with the celebrated actors like Uttam Kumar, Suchitra Sen, Mithun Chakraborty.

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Satyajit Ray
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Audrey Hepburn

Apart from the above, the Mother’s Museum also exhibits the images of famous fictitious Hollywood Characters like the superhero Spiderman, ET, Shrek and others to the delight of the young hearts.

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Author Details
Dibyendu Banerjee
Ex student of Scottish Church College. Served a Nationalised Bank for nearly 35 years. Authored novels in Bengali. Translated into Bengali novels/short stories of Leo Tolstoy, Eric Maria Remarque, D.H.Lawrence, Harold Robbins, Guy de Maupassant, Somerset Maugham and others. Also compiled collections of short stories from Africa and Third World. Interested in literature, history, music, sports and international films.
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