Recently, India witnessed yet another event that took its global position notches higher by virtue of its sheer magnanimity and the resilience of the Indian government. We are talking about the Statue of Unity, which was recently unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of the Iron Man of India – Sardar Vallabhai Patel’s 143rd birth anniversary – October 31, 2018.
Since the unveiling of the giant monument, some of the liberal Indians have been going crazy by the amount of money “wasted” in erecting the structure. According to them, the money could be used to feed the poor. However, somehow they are forgetting the amount of money distributed among the various classes of India, who toiled day and night to build this structure. Now, the highest statue of the world will also generate income for India by becoming one of the most-sought after structures of the world.
Anyway, in this article, we shall talk about the mastermind who has been behind executing this extremely important and sensitive project. The man is 94-year-old sculptor, Ram Vanji Sutar, who went through as many as 2,000 photographs of Patel to conceive the image of this sculpture, which now stands tall at a gigantic 600 feet!
A graduate of Mumbai’s JJ School of Art, Sutar was also conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri Award in 1999 for his contributions to the art. He has also been a recipient of the famous Tagore Award in October 2018. Providing a brief history of his work to Postcard News, the maestro said:
“I made the first statue of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948 which was installed in a government school in Dhulia, Maharashtra, which is also my birthplace. It is 4ft tall and made of cement. Since, then, I have made over 350 statues of Mahatma Gandhi, which include a bust model, a meditation model, a walking model and one where Gandhi is walking with two children”.
Thereafter he added:
Governments come and go but their love for statues remains. I can’t even recall how many governments I have worked for to provide the sculptures of their leaders. But I do remember the story behind each sculpture I have made and why they are unique in their own way.
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