Renowned sculptor Usha Rani Hooja, known for her artistic skills in sculpting the statues installed at several public places in Rajasthan, died here on Tuesday following a prolonged illness. She was 90. She is survived by her historian and archaeologist daughter Rima Hooja.
Born in 1923, Ms. Hooja studied sculpture at the Regent Street Polytechnic in London. She settled down with her civil servant husband Bhupendra Hooja in Jaipur in 1959 and devoted her life to creating works with new techniques and material. Her sculptures were both in abstract and in larger-than-life size.
Ms. Hooja’s body was cremated at Adarsh Nagar crematorium here on Wednesday. Governor Margaret Alva and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot have condoled her death. Mr. Gehlot said her death was a great loss to the State and her works would keep her memories alive.
One of the landmarks of Ms. Hooja’s public works is the Police Memorial in Jaipur, where she sculpted the statues of police men who sacrificed their life while on duty. The then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had inaugurated the memorial in 1962.