Ram V Sutar, one of the most sought-after sculptors in the country, has been awarded the third highest civilian award, Padma Bhushan by the government of India.
The latest works of the 91-year-old, who was awarded the Padma Shree award in 1999, includes the statue of Sardar Vallabhai Patel, which has been designed by him. “I am currently making a 30-ft statue of Sardar Vallabhai Patel. This will be enlarged to a 182-metre tall statue in China. I will be going there to supervise the work,” said Sutar.
Sutar worked in the department of archaeology till 1958 before he decided to work as a freelance sculptor.
“All statues and busts in Parliament have been sculpted by me. I had designed a bust of Mahatma Gandhi, it has been installed in over 300 cities across the world,” he said.
“Even after I received the fourth highest civilian award, Padma Shree in 1999, I did not stop working. This has earned me the Padma Bhushan and I am grateful to the government for it,” said Sutar.
In addition, Noida-based cardiologist Dr. DS Gambhir has received the Padma Shri award for excellence in the field of cardiology. Gambhir is currently the director of cardiology at Kailash Hospital, Noida.
The 66-year-old, who was earlier associated with GB Pant hospital in New Delhi as a professor, is one of the icons in the field of clinical as well as interventional cardiology in India.
“I have performed more than 12,000 coronary interventions and have many ‘firsts’ to my credit, including coronary interventions by stent implantation, atherectomies and rotablation for removal of obstruction from the arteries, angioplasty for unprotected left main coronary stenosis and high risk coronary interventions using a percutaneous support device,” said Dr. Gambhir.
“I am glad that the government has recognised my contribution to the country,” he said.