KARNATAKA

Gandhi statue begins its journey to U.S.

This bronze statue of Gandhiji will be occupying a pride of place in the Garden of Peace in the University of Michigan, U.S.

Sculpted by renowned sculptor Ashok Gudigar, the 8.5-ft-tall statue started its long journey to Michigan from Bidadi, near here, recently.

The 750-kg statue will be unveiled in the garden on October 2 to mark Gandhi Jayanti.

Mr. Gudigar and his five assistants took about three months to complete the statue. “The statue was ordered by Dr. M. Nagaraj and Renuka Nagaraj Charitable Trust,” he said. Mr. Gudigar, a national award winner, has in the past worked on 7-ft-tall Sarvajna statue installed at Abaluru village in Shimoga district, 4.5-ft.-tall Venugopalaswamy statue installed in Germany, 8-ft-tall statue of Onake Obavva in Chitradurga and 28.5-ft-tall statue of Anjaneya ordered by film actor Arjun Sarja and installed in Chennai.

He is now working on a 30-ft-tall Hanuman statue which would be installed in G.M. Palya here and a 34-ft statue of Kanakadasa which would be installed in Hosadurga.

“While the work on the Hanuman statue is nearing completion, the Kanakadasa statue will be ready in about a year.”

Traditionally, a sandalwood sculptor, Mr. Gudigar shifted to other mediums anticipating problems. “I started accepting work in stone, metal, fibreglass and wood other than sandalwood, as I realised sourcing sandalwood would become difficult,” he said.

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