Ashok Gudigar

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Ashok Gudigar (born 1965) is a sculptor who specialises in making statues out of sandalwood, stone, metal, and fiberglass. He hails from Sagara, Shimoga District, Karnataka, India, and lives in Bangalore.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

After studying up to 7th standard, with the support of his father and family members, Gudigar started sculpting in wood as per family practice. He studied sculpting for several years under the guidance of Devalakunda Vadiraj in Bangalore, and there he developed expertise in other mediums such as bronze, clay, ivory, plaster of Paris, granite, soapstone and others. He was also involved in development of traditional art in association with "Koushalya", an art platform.

He has participated in International sculpture festival arranged in England during 1998.[1]


The Bahubali statue carved by Ashok Gudigar and his team, measuring 41 feet, is one of the biggest stone statues of the world. It is displyaed in Singadh village, Siroh Taluk, Bhavnagar District, Gujarat.[2] Originally it was proposed to carved 51 feet height Bahubali, but as it was to be transported from Bidadi, Bangalore to Gujarat, it was reduced to 41 feet due to concerns about road conditions and the strength of bridges on which it was to be transported.[3] He has also sculpted Lord Hanuman Statue, established in Haridwar, a Ganesha idol, and others.[2]

Other major sculptures[edit]

Gudigar has also made an 8.5 foot tall bronze Gandhi Statue, which is erected in the Garden of Peace at the University of Michigan–Flint, USA.[4]

Statue Height Medium For / at Year
Gandhi Statue [4] 8.5 feet Metal University of Michigan–Flint, US 2010
Sarvajna [4] 7 feet Metal Abalur, Shimoga dist. 2009
Onke Obavva [4] 8 feet Metal Chitradurga Karnataka
Anjaneya [4] 28.5 feet stone Chennai
Venugopalaswamy statue [4] 4.5 feet Germany
Ganesha statue[1] 13+12 feet stone Kukke Subramanya

He has started sculpting 100 feet tall stone statue of Swami Vivekananda which will be erected at Bailur village, Udupi District by 2016.[5]


  • Kamaladevi Chattopadhya Vishwakarma Award - 1986 for Ganesha idol of black stone[1]
  • State award for "Rama Pattabhisheka" -wood work - 1989.[1]
  • National Award (1992) for "Venugopala" statue, Surahonne wood work.[2]
  • Rajyotsava Award by Government of Karnataka - 2010.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Procession of State's biggest Ganesha idol tomorrow". The Hindu. 10 July 2002. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c India, The Times of (24 May 2010). "Bahubali statue begins its journey to Gujarat". The Times of India, Bangalore. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Sugatha, Srinivasaraju (28 June 2010). "Moving a Mountain". Outlook India. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Staff, Reporter (6 August 2010). "Gandhi statue begins its journey to U.S.". The Hindu (Bangalore). Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Shreedhar, Deepthi (11 September 2012). "Coming up near Udupi: India's tallest monolith". Bangalore Mirror. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  6. ^ paper, e- (31 October 2010). "List of Rajyotsava Awardees-2010". The Times of India.