Pune: A replica of Delhi’s Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial would be on public display at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune from August 5 to 16.
Air Marshal Jasjit Singh Kler, Commandant of National Defence Academy (NDA) will inaugurate the model at 10 am on August 5 at FTII Main Gate.
Amar Jawan Jyoti, a memorial located at India Gate in New Delhi, was constructed after the Indo-Pak War of 1971 to commemorate the martyred and unknown soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces who lost their lives during the war. The memorial was inaugurated in 1972.
Amar Jawan Jyoti consists of a marble pedestal on which a cenotaph with ‘Amar Jawan’ is scripted in gold on all four sides. On top, a SLR stands on its barrel with a helmet of the Unknown Soldier. The pedestal is bound by four urns, one of which holds a continuously burning flame.
Re-creation of national memorials by FTII in recent times has drawn Puneites in large numbers to the campus to pay homage. On Independence Day 2016, Jalianwala Bagh Memorial was set up while on Republic Day this year the replica of Cellular Jail (Andaman and Nicobar Islands) was the talk of the town.
These memorials have been set up by a team headed by Ashutosh Kavishwar, Head of Department, Art Direction and Production Design.
“This is for the third time in 12 months that FTII is displaying a replica of a national monument. While students of design and architecture would be naturally inclined to study this amazing model, FTII invites the people of Pune to come and pay tribute to the sacrifices of the Indian armed forces,” said Bhupendra Kainthola, Director, FTII.