Ram V. Sutar

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Ram V. Sutar
Born (1925-02-19) 19 February 1925 (age 94)
Gondur, Dhule, Maharashtra, India

Ram Vanji Sutar (born 19 February 1925) is an Indian sculptor. He has created more than fifty monumental sculptures in the last forty years of his career. He is the recipient of Padma Bhushan in 2016 and Padma Shri in 1999 for his contribution in the field of arts. He also designed the Statue of Unity which is the world's tallest statue with a height of 182 metres (597 feet), exceeding the Spring Temple Buddha by 54 metres.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Sutar was born in a Vishwakarma family, on 19 February 1925, in the village of Gondur, in Dhule district of Maharashtra. In 1952 he got married to Pramila and like him their only son Anil Sutar (born in 1957) is also a sculptor.[2]


Sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi by Ram V. Sutar in Hanover

His early mentor was Shriram Krishna Joshi, who later encouraged him to join the Sir J.J. School of Art in Bombay. By the end of his course there, in 1953 he topped the class and won the prestigious Mayo Gold medal for modelling . As a modeler for the Department of Archaeology, South Western Circle, Aurangabad, between 1954 and 1958 he was involved in restoring several ancient sculptures found in the caves of Ellora and Ajanta. In 1958–59, he was Technical Assistant ( Model ) in the Exhibition Division of Audiovisual Publicity, Ministry of I & B, New Delhi, for preparing various types of models on the Five Year Plans. He left his Government job in 1959 with the intention of becoming a professional sculptor.[3]

His first notable work was the 45 feet Chambal monument at the Gandhi Sagar Dam, in Madhya Pradesh, India.[4] This 45 feet high gigantic masterpiece carved out of a single block depicts mother Chambal with her two children- Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan symbolizing the brotherhood of the two states. Jawaharlal Nehru the Prime Minister was so impressed with this magnificent work that he asked Ram to do a similar 50 feet high monument in bronze for the Bhakra Dam to commemorate the workers who laid down their lives during the making of this stupendous engineering marvel of modern India. But this work modelled on the theme of Triumph of Labour was left incomplete due to paucity of funds. The most well known among his works is the bust of Mahatma Gandhi that he sculpted, which is instantly recognizable worldwide, and copies of it were presented by the Government of India to other countries like France, Italy, Argentina, Barbados, Russia, England, Italy, and Argentina where they have been put on display on the occasion of the Gandhian Centenary Celebrations. However the largest copy of this bust was made for the International Trade Fair of Asia in 1972 and is permanently on display at Pragati Maidan, Mathura Road, New Delhi. Mahatma Gandhi has always been his most frequent muse. He has also sculpted Mahatma Gandhi statues in meditation pose, 17 feet high, which are installed at Gandhinagar, Gujarat at Parliament House, New Delhi. A 13 feet high monumental statue of Mahatma Gandhi accompanied by Harijan Children was sculpted for Sandur in Bangalore, Gandhi Smriti in Delhi and Delhi Public School in Noida. Sutar is also known for the 21 feet high Equestrian statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh which he made for Amritsar. Other notable sculptures are the 10 feet high bronze statue of Govind Ballabh Pant overlooking Rafi Marg in New Delhi, statue of Bihar Vibhuti Anugrah Narain Sinha and Karpuri Thakur in Bihar Legislative Assembly campus, statue of Shri Krishna Sinha in Bihar secretariat and the depiction of Goddess Ganga and Yamuna at the Rose Garden, in Ludhiana, in Punjab. He has added one more achievement to his name by designing "Statue of Unity", which is world largest statue with a whopping 182-meter.[5] Ram V Sutar has designed the Statue of Unity, the tallest statue of the world located in Gujarat.[4][6] He has created more than fifty monumental sculptures in the last forty years of his career. Anil Sutar, his architect-sculptor son, conceived and landscaped a sprawling sculpture garden, called Anand Van, beside the Surajkund-Batkal lake road, where gigantic white fibreglass replicas of Mr. Ram Sutar's creations have been put up on display. He and his son presently have a company studio of their own in Noida.[7]


In 1999, he received the Padma Shri award and later in 2016 he received Padma Bhushan award from the Government of India.[8] In October 2018, Sutar received the Tagore Award for cultural harmony of 2016.


  1. ^ "India unveils world's tallest statue". BBC News. 31 October 2018. Archived from the original on 31 October 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  2. ^ Ram Vanji Sutar's Biography Archived 24 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Ram Vanji Sutar's Profile". Archived from the original on 24 April 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  4. ^ a b "'Statue of Unity' To Be Completed in 2 Years: Renowned Sculptor Ram Sutar". NDTV.com. 12 May 2016. Archived from the original on 1 August 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  5. ^ "List of Sutar's sculptures". Archived from the original on 5 December 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Meet the man who sculpted Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's Statue of Unity – Monumental ambitions". The Economic Times. Archived from the original on 28 October 2018. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  7. ^ Sutar's studio Archived 24 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.

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