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Gadanayak, sculptor of Netaji statue to be installed at India Gate

Adwaita Gadanayak, born in Odisha, has completed carving the statue in Telangana, from where it will be brought to Delhi to be unveiled by PM Modi on the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose this year

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The proposed grand statue of iconic freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will be sculpted by the Director-General of the National Modern Art Gallery Adwaita Gadanayak. On Friday, Prime Minister announced that a grand statue of the iconic freedom fighter will be installed at India Gate as a symbol of India’s “indebtedness” to him.

Gadanayak has expressed happiness over the opportunity to carve the statue of the nationalist leader, who was born in Odisha. The statue when installed will be seen easily from Raisina Hills, he said. “I am delighted. It is a matter of honour for me as a sculptor that Prime Minister chose to give this responsibility to me”.

The black jade granite stone for the carving of Netaji’s statue will be brought from Telangana. The of the statue has been prepared by the Union Ministry of Culture.

The granite statue will be installed under a canopy, which used to have a statue of King George V that was moved to the Coronation Park in 1968, even as, during the lifetime of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru (d 1964), Soviet leaders Nikita Khrushchev and Nikolai Bulganin had chided him for maintaining the imperial lord’s statue at the heart of India’s capital.

Till the statue is completed, a hologram statue of Subhas Chandra Bose would be present at the same place. Prime Minister Modi will unveil the hologram statue on 23 January, the birth anniversary of the Azad Hind Fauj founder. The dimension of the hologram statue will be 28 feet long and 6 feet wide.

The hologram statue will be powered by a 30,000 lumens 4K projector and an invisible, high gain, 90% transparent holographic screen has been erected in such a way so that it is not visible to visitors. The 3D image of Bose will be projected on it to create the effect of a hologram.

On 23 January, Prime Minister Modi will also confer the Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskars for the years 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 in the investiture ceremony. A total of seven awards will be presented during the ceremony.

The award recognises the invaluable contribution and selfless service rendered by individuals and organisations in India in the field of disaster management, the Prime Minister’s Office said, noting that it is announced every year on 23 January.

The award carries a cash prize of Rs 51 lakh and a certificate in case of an and Rs 5 lakh and a certificate in case of an individual.

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