Ram Vanji Sutar (born 19 February 1925) is an Indian sculptor. He designed the Statue of Unity which is the world's tallest statue with a height of 182 metres (597 feet), exceeding the Spring Temple Buddha by 54 metres.[1]

Ram Sutar
राम सुतार
Shri Ram V. Sutur, at the Dayawati Modi Birth Anniversary Celebration, in New Delhi
Ram Vanji Sutar

(1925-02-19) 19 February 1925 (age 99)
NationalityBritish Indian (1925-1947)
Indian (1947-present)
EducationSir J. J. School of Art
Notable workStatue of unity
Statue of Prosperity
SpousePramila Sutar
AwardsPadma Bhushan (2016)
Tagore Award (2016)
Padma Shri (1999)
Sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi by Ram V. Sutar in Hanover

Personal life edit

Sutar was born in a Vishwakarma family, on 19 February 1925, in the village of Gondur, in Dhule district of Maharashtra. In 1952, he married Pramila.[2]

Career edit

Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane, 2024

Sutar designed the Statue of Unity, the tallest statue of the world located in Gujarat. He also erected the 45-foot tall Chambal monument, as well as a bust of Mahatma Gandhi which was copied and sent to other countries.[3][4][5] He designed the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in a seated position, located at the Parliament of India. A larger replica of the same was made by him at the Vidhana Soudha. He is also the designer of the 108-ft tall Kempe Gowda statue at the Bengaluru International Airport.[6]

Brisbane's Indian community commissioned a statue of Gandhi, created by Ram V. Sutar and Anil Sutar in Roma Street Parkland,[7][8] It was unveiled by Narendra Modi, then Prime Minister of India in 2014.

Awards edit

In 1999, he received the Padma Shri and later in 2016, Padma Bhushan from the Government of India.[9] In October 2018, Sutar received the Tagore Award for cultural harmony of 2016.[10]

Works edit

References edit

  1. ^ "India unveils world's tallest statue". BBC News. 31 October 2018. Archived from the original on 31 October 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  2. ^ Ram Vanji Sutar's Biography Archived 24 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "'Statue of Unity' To Be Completed in 2 Years: Renowned Sculptor Ram Sutar". NDTV.com. 12 May 2016. Archived from the original on 1 August 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Meet the man who sculpted Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's Statue of Unity – Monumental ambitions". The Economic Times. Archived from the original on 28 October 2018. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  5. ^ Sutar's studio Archived 24 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "PM Modi to inaugurate Terminal 2 of Bengaluru international airport in November". The News Minute. 10 October 2022. Retrieved 10 October 2022.
  7. ^ Moore, Tony (16 November 2014). "Indian PM Narendra Modi unveils Gandhi statue". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 7 April 2024.
  8. ^ "Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi". Monument Australia. Retrieved 7 April 2024.
  9. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Tagore Awards for Cultural Harmony: Manipuri dancer, Bangladeshi sculptor among recipients". The Indian Express. 26 October 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2021.

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