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Curtains down on statues in Kozhikode

Jabir Mushthari
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Sculptor Jeevan Thomas at work on the bust of late K.T. Mohammed.
Sculptor Jeevan Thomas at work on the bust of late K.T. Mohammed.

The bust of the late thespian K.T. Mohammed will be the city’s last statue to be erected on its waysides or roads since the Supreme Court had already wanted curtains downed on the age-old practice of erecting statues on roads and public places in one of its recent verdicts.

The works on the 18-ft bust of the celebrated playwright is complete and will be unveiled on Saturday at the B.E.M Junction, Mananchira, a stone’s throw away from Town Hall, where KT had almost all his plays staged. Sculptor Jeevan Thomas is giving final touches to the work in concrete, which, according to him, is one of the largest statues of any public figure in the State so far.

The decision to erect KT’s statue was taken during the tenure of the last Corporation Council. “Though it was delayed, KT’s bust was erected at the site before the Supreme Court verdict came and hence there is no problem in unveiling it now,” said Mayor A.K. Premajam. The Corporation would have to reconsider its earlier plans regarding the placing of many sculptures made as part of the ‘Shilpanagaram’ project in different parts of the city in the wake of the court verdict, she added.

Mr. Thomas said that the artists like him would now have to find innovative ways to tide over the court ruling if they wanted to have memorials they create get proper public attention.


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