Ram V. Sutar

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Ram V. Sutar
The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Bhushan Award to Shri Ram Vanji Sutar, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on April 12, 2016.jpg
Sutar (L) receiving Padma Bhushan award in 2016 from the then President Pranab Mukherjee (R).
Born (1925-02-19) 19 February 1925 (age 96)
Gondur, Dhule, Maharashtra, India
Awards2016 Padma Bhushan
1999 Padma Shri
Sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi by Ram V. Sutar in Hanover

Ram Vanji Sutar (born 19 February 1925) is an Indian sculptor. 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 married Pramila.[2]


Sutar designed the Statue of Unity, the tallest statue of the world located in Gujarat. He also erected the 45-foot tall Chambal monument, as well as a bust of Mahatma Gandhi which was copied and sent to other countries.[3][4][5]


In 1999, he received the Padma Shri and later in 2016, Padma Bhushan from the Government of India.[6] In October 2018, Sutar received the Tagore Award for cultural harmony of 2016.[7]


  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. ^ "'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.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ Sutar's studio Archived 24 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Tagore Awards for Cultural Harmony: Manipuri dancer, Bangladeshi sculptor among recipients". The Indian Express. 26 October 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2021.

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