Including the soon-to-be inaugurated Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s Statue of Unity in Gujarat, Ram Vanji Sutar, a name synonymous with perfection, art and beauty underpin the weight of over 50 monumental structures in his career of 40 years. The statue stands at a height of 182 meters making it worlds the tallest statue.
The acclaimed sculptor prolonged list of award and recognition which includes the Padma Shri in 1999, is now honored with Tagore Award for the year 2016.
Sutar’s career began to thrive after his Chambal Symbolic monument at the Gandhi Sagar Dam in the last years of the decade of the 50s. The then-Prime Minister late Jawaharlal Nehru commissioned him to create a 50-ft bronze monument to mark the craftsmanship of workers who constructed the Bhakra Dam.
Born in a differential household of Gondor, Dhulia district of Maharashtra in 1925, Sutar was known to be a blessed child. After a long struggle, Sutar secured admission in JJ School of Arts in then Bombay. After accomplishing his studies, he shifted to Delhi and disembarked a job in the information and broadcasting ministry.
Gandhi had been Sutar’s favorite model and he had sculpted his statue many times. Sutar propels most of his statue in bronze, however, he has an indistinguishable proficiency over stone and marble. Once an entreaty for a statue is placed, he and his son Anil Ram Sutar give it shape with fiberglass and cast it in bronze when the design is ratified.