I have been sculpting since my childhood: Sutar
He has over 40 monumental statues to his credit right from Gandhi to yet-to-be inaugurated statue of Patel
Pune: The World Peace Dome, the largest dome in the world, houses 54 bronze statues of saints, philosophers and scientists across the world. The sculptor who created these statues, Ram Sutar, has also over 40 monumental statues to his credit in the country, right from Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Parliament Square, Delhi to the yet-to-be inaugurated 512-feet tall statue of Sardar Patel (the Statue of Unity).
“I have always been sculpting since my childhood,” said 93-year-old Sutar, who was born in a small village Gondu near Dhule, is now based in Noida. “My father was a carpenter and mason. He was also an artist and worked with wood. As the art was in the family, I was always encouraged to follow my passion for sculpting. I later took formal education at the JJ School of Art,” Sutar added.
While he moved to Noida for a job, as he started getting work of his own, soon he left the job and started his own studio. “In 1948, I made a sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi in my village, a copy of which is still there in my studio. After Gandhiji’s statue was erected in Parliament Square, it was decided that along with him, there are many other figures whose statues need to be sculpted. So, all statues that were made following that idea, of Indira Gandhi, Maulana Azad, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, etc have been sculpted by me,” Sutar said.
The 512-feet tall statue of Sardar Patel, which is going to be unveiled on an island in the Narmada near Sardar Sarovar Dam, is one of his best works, said Sutar with pride. He makes statues in his studio in Noida, with help from his son Anil Ram Sutar. The 54 bronze statues in the World Peace Dome were also made in Noida and then transported to Pune.
“These statues took around three to four years to complete. While the Lord Shri Ram’s statue in the middle is a little taller, the rest are around 12 feet tall. These statues are made of 85 per cent copper, along with other metals like zinc, lead, tin, etc, an alloy which prevents the statues from rusting even for thousands of years. All monumental statues are made of this alloy,” Sutar said.
After Sardar Patel’s statue, Sutar has also bagged other projects such as the 250-feet tall statue of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and the 400-feet statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Mumbai.