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Carving the Minds
Twelve students from Pragyan School, accompanied by their Art & Craft teacher, Ms Meena Bhatia had the wonderful opportunity to meet and interview eminent Indian sculptor, Shri Ram Vanji Sutar at his studio. The famous Indian sculptor 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 is a talented painter as well as a sculptor. The Art and Journalism students were able to interact with the eminent sculptor and gained valuable inputs from him on the world of Art.
Oct 31, 2018 at 00:00

Isha Sisodia: Sir, could you tell us something about yourself?

Shri Ram Vanji Sutar: To introduce myself, I was born on 19th February, 1925. My surname is Sutar, which means, carpenter. I got my inspiration when a scorpion bit me when I was a child. I saw that the color of the scorpion was green, the same as the soap…so I sculpted the soap into a scorpion, this was my first sculpture which I made when I was seven years old. Since childhood I have been interested in this. To do something in life I ran away from my home. Seeing my work the Sir J.J. School of Art in Bombay gave me admission directly in 2nd year, so the course which was meant to be finished in five years, I completed in four years.


Shivanshi Gupta: What do you feel about somebody being described as 'a talent'?

RVS: Talent is not something present only in particular persons. Everyone has some or the other talent, just like each flower has a fragrance. It is a different thing as to how long it takes you to find your talent.


Shivanshi: When was it that you discovered your talent?

RVS: I belong to a family of carpenters. From a very young age I have helped my father with his work and my mother with the household chores, this helped me find my talent.



Isha Sisodia: Did you have a large family?

RVS: Yes, we were four brothers and five sisters. I was the second eldest.


Suhani Kumar- Tell us about your struggles. Who inspired you the most to be a sculptor? Who motivated you?

RVS: My life has been full of struggles. I struggled from the age of thirteen-fourteen to follow my passion. I had to travel a lot, first to complete my schooling, then to get work. I have always been a self-motivated person. I owe thanks to Shri Ram Kushan Joshi who was my mentor and guide.


Manasvee Chaudhary: Did people believe that you were a good sculptor when they met you?

RVS: No, before seeing my work people always thought that I wouldn't be good at sculpturing but changed their minds after seeing how I worked.


Neeraja Giri: Which sculpture was officially your first one?

RSV: Officially, I made a sculpture of Gandhi ji in 1948, which was 4 feet high. I was paid only Rs 800 for it! Gandhiji has been my muse.



Manasvee: What difference do you find in the techniques now?

RVS: I personally feel that modern art doesn’t require so much of detailing. But art is just about expressing your views. It doesn’t really matter what the technique is.


Neeraja: Among these hundreds of beautiful sculptures which one is your favorite?

RVS: It is quite difficult to decide, but I feel it is the 45 foot Chambal monument at the Gandhi Sagar Dam, in Madhya Pradesh. It is carved out of a single block. It depicts Mother Chambal with her two children- Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, symbolizing the brotherhood of the two states. 


Neeraja: How much time does it take to create a sculpture?

RVS: It depends on how big it is, what instruments you have. It can take three days, a week, a couple of months or even a year or so.


Suhani: How much time did it take to create a masterpiece like the Chambal?

RVS: It took me one and a half years to complete it.


Suhani: What are the projects that you are currently working on?

RVS: I am currently working on the statues of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel which is planned to be 522 ft, it will be the world's tallest statue. Besides that I am also working on a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji, which is projected to be about 400 ft and another sculpture of the Divine Vishnu.


Neeraja: What tips would you like to give us and our peers to live a successful life?

RVS: Always strive to make your dreams come true, they do come true. Focus is an important thing which you must have.



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