Ram V Sutar (Sculptor) Age, Wife, Family, Biography, Facts & More

Ram V Sutar

Full NameRam Vanji Sutar
Famous ForSculpting the Statue of Unity in Gujarat, India
Debut1954 (As a Sculptor)
Awards/Honours• Padma Shri (1999)
• Padma Bhushan (2016)
Ram V Sutar receiving Padma Bhushan in 2016
Personal Life
Date of Birth19 February 1925 (Thursday)
Age (as of 2024) 99 Years
BirthplaceGondur Village, Dhule, Bombay Presidency, British India
Zodiac sign/Sun signPisces
HometownDhule, Maharashtra, India
SchoolA primary school at his village in Gondur
College/UniversitySir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, India
Educational QualificationA Degree in Sculpture
MentorShriram Krishna Joshi
HobbiesReading, Carpentry, Playing Musical Instruments
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage DateYear- 1952
ChildrenSon- Anil Sutar (Sculptor)
Ram Sutar (left) with his son Anil (right)
Daughter- None
ParentsFather- Vanji Hansraj (Carpenter)
Mother- Sitabai
Favourite Things
Favourite LeaderMahatma Gandhi

Ram V Sutar Photo

Some Lesser Known Facts About Ram V. Sutar

  • Sutar was born to a carpenter father, which was mainly the reason why he started his career as a carpenter.
  • His mentor, Shriram Krishna Joshi attracted and motivated him towards drawing and painting.
  • At the end of his course at the Sir J.J. School of Art, Sutar was awarded a Gold Medal for modeling (Sculpture).
  • Having completed his education, he took a job to renovate the statues of Ajanta and Ellora. He did his job there for 4 years between 1954 and 1958.
  • In 1958, Sutar applied for a government job in Delhi and became a technical Assistant (Model) in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B).

    Ram V Sutar making sculptures

    Ram V Sutar making sculptures

  • In 1959, he had to leave his government job to become an independent professional sculptor.
  • His first notable work was the Chambal Monument, a 45-meter monument at Gandhi Sagar Dam in Madhya Pradesh, India. India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru was very impressed by this work.

    The statue of Chambal Mother was sculpted by Ram V Sutar

    The statue of Chambal Mother was sculpted by Ram V. Sutar

  • The well-known work of him is the bust of Mahatma Gandhi. He has been recognised worldwide for his Mahatma Gandhi’s statues. Copies of his works were presented by the Government of India to other countries like Italy, France, Germany, Argentina, Barbados, Russia, etc.

    Bust of Mahatma Gandhi in Hannover, Germany

    Bust of Mahatma Gandhi in Hannover, Germany

  • Sutar has also sculpted the statues of Mahatma Gandhi in Meditation pose which have been installed at Parliament House and at Gandhinagar in Gujrat, India.

    Mahatma Gandhi statue outside Parliament House, India

    Mahatma Gandhi statue outside the Parliament House, India

  • Ram V. Sutar has designed the Statue of Unity in Gujarat, the tallest statue in the World, which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on 31 October 2018.

  • The statue of unity is of the founding father of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The statue is 182-meter high, worth more than $33 million and is made up of bronze.

    Statue of Unity was sculpted by Ram V Sutar

    The Statue of Unity was sculpted by Ram V. Sutar