Ram V. Sutar

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 V. Sutar
The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Bhushan Award to Shri Ram Vanji Sutar, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on April 12, 2016.jpg
Sutar (L) receiving Padma Bhushan award in 2016 from the then President Pranab Mukherjee (R).
Born (1925-02-19) 19 February 1925 (age 97)
Awards2016 Padma Bhushan; 2016 Tagore Award; 1999 Padma Shri
Sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi by Ram V. Sutar in Hanover

Personal lifeEdit

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]


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]


In 1999, he received the Padma Shri and later in 2016, Padma Bhushan from the Government of India.[6] In October 2018, Sutar received the Tagore Award for cultural harmony of 2016.[7]



  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. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  7. ^ "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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