Jaipur, July 16 IANS | 1 year ago

Udaipur's City Palace Museum has now added another legendary piece to its vast collection -- the classic spectacles worn by actor Ben Kingsley in the film "Gandhi".


Directed by Richard Attenborough, "Gandhi" is an epic biographical film based on the life of Father of the Nation - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

Oscar Award-winning producer Lord David Puttnam presented the legendry glasses to Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar, managing trustee of Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation, at an event hosted in the honour of Lord Attenborough in London recently.

"I was in Udaipur during 1980s for shooting a sequence for my film Gandhi. My wife, my family and colleagues were given such a warm welcome by the royal highness, I don't think I have seen anywhere on earth as beautiful as this. The time we spent in Udaipur was simply miraculous. In my heart, my second home is India and I don't think it will ever change," said Lord Richard Attenborough in a statement.

"I know the famed Gandhi glasses have found a good home where they are likely to be appreciated by many over the coming decades," he added.

"This exclusive piece is one of the biggest splashes of any legendary thing that we've had before. 'Gandhi' is one of the best movies that represents the epic leader and we are delighted to have the famous glasses worn by Sir Ben Kingsley in our collection," said Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar.

"It makes the collection even more unique and adds another shining example of keeping the art, craft and music of Mewar alive on a global platform," he added.

The iconic Gandhi glasses will be kept on public display in the City Palace Museum from July 20 onwards.

(Posted on 16-07-2013)