Sources revealed on Tuesday that Mysuru-based sculptor Arun Yogiraj will carve the 30-foot monument of Subhas Chandra Bose that will be put at India Gate under the great canopy behind the former Amar Jawan Jyoti.
Mr Yogiraj also created the 12-foot Adi Shankaracharya statue at Kedarnath, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled last year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that a statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will be erected at India Gate to commemorate the freedom fighter’s contribution to the independence movement ahead of his 125th birthday.
The canopy, which was created in the 1930s by Sir Edwin Lutyens together with the rest of the big monument, previously contained a statue of the former King of England, George V. In the mid-1960s, the statue was relocated to Coronation Park in Central Delhi.
For the statue, a big black jade granite stone was chosen and transported from Telangana to Delhi, where the construction will be completed.
The statue was designed by a team from the Ministry of Culture’s National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), led by its Director-General, Adwaita Gadanayak.
Mr Yogiraj, who is famed for his portrait work, will carve the statue’s facial characteristics when he arrives in Delhi on June 1, and the job is expected to be completed by August 15, according to culture ministry officials.
When he was presented with a two-foot replica of the statue last month, the Prime Minister gave his assent to Mr Yogiraj’s version of the statue. PM Modi later tweeted about his encounter with Mr Yogiraj, including a photo of the model.
Mr Yogiraj’s other works include the famed 14.5-foot white marble stone sculpture of Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar in Mysuru and the life-size white marble sculpture of Swami Ramakrishna Parmahansa, in addition to the Adi Shankaracharya idol in Kedarnath