9 Three-year-old Ram Vanji Sutar is the celebrated sculptor who has given India a little over 8,000 sculptures in his illustrious career spanning seven decades.
He is also the man behind the statue of Unity in the Narmada district of Gujarat, an ode to the legendary freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who also honors India's struggle for independence.
Upon completion, this colossal statue at 1
82 meters becomes the tallest statue in the world at 182 meters, about twice the size of the Statue of Liberty in the United States of America.
Another phenomenal work by Sutar is the design of 54 bronze statues decorating the World Peace Cathedral of Sant Dnyaneshwar at the MIT World Peace University (WPU) Pune
Sutar received both the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri Award and was awarded the Ministry of Culture of the Union nominated for the prestigious Tagore Award 2016.
First time from the center during the t He commemorates the 150th birthday of Rabindranath Tagore in 2011, the prestigious award carries a prize of Rs 1 crore and a quote in a scroll and plaque
Born in 1925, Sutar hailed from a Gondur village in Maharashtra's Dhulia district. His father was a carpenter, and the artist in him began to flower at a very young age, starting with daily pencil sketches on media from paper to walls!
His rendezvous with Sculpture also flew around this time when he started carving (19659002) Life changed its course in Sutar's otherwise uneventful life when his teacher was transferred to another village and took him away. Sutar had just finished fifth grade, which was the last grade in his school, so it made sense to go with his teacher.
Except Sutar was not sent to school, but made to do all kinds of chores and odd jobs  Promotion
A dream provoked little Sutar to run away forever, where a "golden" sparrow told him he should pursue his passion for art. He followed the dream by going barefoot to Mumbai!
Since then, it has been the city that became his guardian, where he did all kinds of low-level jobs to fill his stomach. But his vision was clear and clear, for which he had saved enough to finance his education, and was admitted to the JJ School of Arts.
After completing his studies, Sutar moved to Delhi in 1959 and worked in the Information Ministry and Broadcasting for a while before giving up his job to start a career as a freelance sculptor.
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Besides India Sutar's many works of art were also installed in Russia, England, Malaysia, France and Italy. Other than Sardar Patel, famous figures whose statues have been designed by the master sculptor include Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Jaiprakash Narayan, Maulana Azad, Maharajah Ranjit Singh, Shaheed Bhagat Singh and so on.
Despite his age, Sutar is full of energy and does not seem to be one who will end it soon. Together with his son, Anil Ram, he continues to design monumental statues from her studio in Noida.
(Ed. Shruti Singhal)
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