Explained: How Did The Grand Statue Of Subhash Chandra Bose Come Up At India Gate
As part of the Central government’s Rs 13,450 crore Central Vista project, a statue of Subhash Chandra Bose was unveiled at the India Gate.
The erstwhile Rajpath and renamed it Kartavya Path to symbolise the “end of slavery” and encapsulate public ownership and democratization.
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s statue: The details
The 65 metric tonnes weighing statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose is carved out of a grand monolithic block of 280 metric tonnes. The jet black granite statue is housed under the canopy in the India Gate.
The unveiling of the statue was synchronised with the tune of ‘Kadam Kadam Badhaye Ja’ – a traditional song of Bose’s Indian National Army.
It was on 21 January when PM Modi announced that a statue of Netaji would be erected under the India Gate’s canopy. Two days later, on 23 January, marking the day of Parakram Diwas – Netaji’s 125th birth anniversary – the Prime Minister unveiled a ‘hologram statue’ of the freedom fighter with the same dimensions as the original.
The canopy was built in 1936. However, it earlier had the statue of King George V.
The sculptor who headed the carving of the statue
Thirty-eight-year-old prolific sculptor Arun Yogiraj who led the team of around 45 people to give birth to the magnificent statue, is the son of the noted sculptor Yogiraj Shilpi. It took around 26,000 hours for his team to complete this formidable task.
As part of Yogiraj’s previous accomplishments, he also carved the statue of the Vedic scholar Adi Shankaracharya which is placed in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand, and also designed the life-size 14.5 feet sculpture of Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar, the maharaja of Mysore.
According to the Ministry of Culture, Bose’s statue was shaped and hand sculpted using a blend of traditional techniques and modern tools.
Mounting of Netaji statue
Post the sculpting part; the responsibility to mount the statue at the heritage structure of the canopy was assigned to NBCC.
After the announcement was made by the Prime Minister, the rather elongated work of finalising the stone, clearing the budget, working upon the logistics, designing the prototype, getting approval, and finally mounting the statue, was completed in due time.
Delhi-based company Granite Studio India was given the charge to finalize and procure the right stone. There were some parameters – such as the stone must be jet black in color, have fine grains, and be devoid of any pattern or variation – which were given to the firm.
However, one of the challenging endeavors was to transport the 280 MT block from Khammam in Telangana to New Delhi, a distance of more than 1500 kilometers. For this, a 100 feet long truck was specifically designed, and the transportation process took place in an exemplary 12 days.
Overall, the Central Vista project will comprise a new Parliament building, brand new offices, and residences for the Prime Minister and Vice President, along with new ministry buildings. Besides, the secretariat buildings will be transformed into museums.
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