Ram Vanji Sutar is a famous Indian Sculptor who has sculpted more than 50 monumental sculptures around the World. He has been active in this field for the last five decades. He has gained popularity for his sculptures of Mahatma Gandhi. He will be remembered forever for his dedication to the art and architecture.
Ram V. Sutar was born on 19 February 1925 in a poor Vishwakarma family in Gondur village of Dhule district of Maharashtra. His father Vanji Hansraj was also a carpenter and sculptor. In his childhood, he was motivated towards art by Shriram Krishna Joshi, whom he considers his mentor. It was Shriram Krishna Joshi who encouraged him to join Sir J.J. School of Art in Bombay (Now, Mumbai). In the last year of his study, he topped the Class and won the prestigious Mayo Gold medal for modelling.
He was born to Vanji Hansraj and Sitabai. He was the only son of his parents.
In 1952, he married to Pramila. He has a son, Anil Sutar who is also a professional sculptor.
From 1954 to 1958, he worked at Ajanta and Ellora caves in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. He restored the old statues of Ajanta and Ellora caves. In 1958, Sutar was the technical assistant in the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in New Delhi for preparing various types of model for the five years plan. To become a professional sculptor, he left his government job in 1959.
His first noticeable work was 45-feet Goddess Chambal sculpture (Also known as Chambal Monument) at the Gandhi Sagar Dam in Madhya Pradesh, India.
The most well-known work of him is the bust of Mahatma Gandhi which is recognisable Worldwide. The government of India presented it to Italy, France, Germany, Russia, England, Argentina, etc. He has also sculpted 17-feet high sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi in Meditation pose which has been installed near Parliament House, Delhi and Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat.
His another notable work was the 21-feet high Equestrian statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh which was installed at Amritsar in Punjab.
The Statue of Unity was designed by him, it is 182-meter high, tallest statue in the World, situated near Narmada Dam, Vadodara in Gujarat, India.
In 1999, Sutar was awarded Padma Shri by the government of India and in 2016, he was honoured with Padma Bhushan Award.
- In his childhood, he was a carpenter too. He used to assist his father in his carpentry.
- In childhood, he once saw Mahatma Gandhi.
- PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the Statue of Unity, the statue of Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. It took Ram V. Sutar almost three years to complete the Statue of Unity. The statue is worth more than $33 million and made up of bronze.