Man installs deceased wife’s life-like silicon statue in eastern India
A man in eastern India’s West Bengal installed a life-like silicon statue of his wife in order to reportedly fulfill her last wish.
The incident took place at his residence on VIP road, Kaikhali. The visuals were shot on December 27, 2022.
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Visuals showed the man, identified as 65-year-old Tapas Sandilya, sitting by the side of the statue of his late wife, Indrani. The statue looked very lively and it donned the lady’s apparel along with her jewellery. It was installed on a sofa, which was reportedly Indrani’s favourite spot in the house. The jewellery that the statue wore is made of gold and it was her favourite when she was alive. The saree was the one she had worn to their son’s wedding reception and is from Assam.
The statue was made by an artist named Subimal Das, who took six months to complete the work. Das had sculpted the life-like statue of Isckon temple’s founder, AC Bhaktivedanta Swami in Mayapur. The couple had seen the statue after which Indrani expressed her wish to have one for her should she die before him.
Indrani passed away during the second wave of COVID-19 on May 4, 2021. Tapas began browsing the web to find the person who could sculpt this statue, months after Indrani’s death and then assigned the work to Das at the start of 2022.
Visitors often come to see Indrani’s life-like statue, which weighs 30 kg (66 lbs) and costs Rs 2.5 lakhs (USD 3015.39).