Ram Vanji Sutar
Award Name : Padma Bhushan
Year of Award : 2016
Award for : Arts
Location : Dhule, Maharashtra, India
Ram Vanji Sutar is an Indian sculptor. He is the reciepient of Padma Bhushan (3rd highest civilian award) in 2016 & Padma Shri (4th highest civilian award) in year 1999 for his contribution in the field of Art. He was born on 19 February 1925 in Gondur village, Dhulia, Maharashtra India. In a childhood beset with hard struggle, the talent of this budding artist shone and was noticed by his guruji Shri Shriram Krishna Joshi, who encouraged him to join the Sir J.J. School of Art in Bombay. The inborn talent flourished, and Ram was always first class first, bagging at the end of his course, the prestigious Mayo Gold medal for modelling. This great sculptor now in his seventies, speaks with gratefulness of his teachers under whose keen guidance he developed his drawing and clay modelling skills. Ram has mastery over stone and marble sculpting, but he delights in casting bronze and many of his most famous works are in bronze. From 1954 to 1958 Shri Ram V. Sutar served in the Department of Archaeology as a modeller for restoration work of sculptures at Ellora and Ajanta Caves where he has restored many of the sculptures.
From 1958 to 1959 he joined Division of Audiovisual publicity, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, New Delhi as Technical Assistant (Model) in the Exhibition Division. Ram V. Sutar has made more than 200 monumental sculptures in last sixty years. Many of the statues adorn the Parliament house, New Delhi including 16 feet high Mahatma Gandhi's statue in meditation pose, 18 feet high statues of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Smt. Indira Gandhi, Maulana Azad, Sardar Patel, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Shivaji Maharaj, Jai Prakash Narain, Bhagat Singh, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Hemu Kalani, Vithal Bhai Patel, Shahuji Maharaj, Babu Jagjiwan Ram and Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant.