Statue of Unity: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Ram Vanji Sutar

The Statue of Unity is the talk of the country today. While India celebrates and the world pays attention to the installation of the world’s tallest statue, let us look at the man behind the monument – Ram V Sutar (born 19th February, 1925). After topping his class at the JJ School of Arts, Mumbai, this humble carpenter’s son rose to be a master sculptor who, over 7 decades, has given 8000 sculptures that continue to hold massive attention. His efforts and contribution to Indian art and culture earned him the honour of both the Padma Shri (1999) and the Padma Bhushan (2016) awards. He was also a part of the restoration of the Ajanta and Ellora caves and is responsible for multiple iconic beauties across the world today. His works include Mother Chambal with two children, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, and Gobind Ballabh Pant. But his most famous has been the bust of Mahatma Gandhi, replicas of which are installed in many countries across the world, after being presented by the Government of India. The meticulous detailing in each of his statues speaks volumes of his love and respect for the profession. Mr. Sutar continues to churn out works on a regular basis from his studio in Noida, while passing on his passion and skill to the next generation. The Statue of Unity may be a landmark for India, but Mr. Sutar has marked his place in both, the Indian history and our hearts, for much more.

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