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Statue salute to Ram Dayal

- Hunt on for sculptors to construct six-feet structure

The state art and culture department has decided to erect a six-feet life-size statue of scholar and tribal icon Ram Dayal Munda at Rajkiya Kala Bhavan, better known as Ram Dayal Munda Kala Bhavan, a government-owned cultural centre in Hotwar.

The department, which is currently scouting for artistes of repute to start work on the project, said the statue would be a tribute to the man who helped in popularising Jharkhand’s tribal art and culture within the country and outside. The department issued an advertisement in a vernacular daily in this regard on December 15.

Speaking to The Telegraph, director of the state sports and arts and culture department S.K. Verma said they were looking for sculptors/clay or installation artists with a minimum 10 years of experience to carry out the job.

“The applicants need to furnish proofs of work that they have carried out earlier. The last date for applying is December 31. We hope to be ready with the statue by March next year,” Verma said.

He added that the department had not prepared a cost estimate for setting up the statue and would take a call on it only after receiving bids from the applicants.

“We want the statue to be made of either bronze or plaster of Paris or clay. So depending upon the bids we receive, we will decide on the material to be used,” an official of the arts and culture department said.

He, however, hastily added that funds wouldn’t be a deterrent.

The officials maintained that the idea of setting up a statue had been part of the original plan to honour the tribal hero, who had been conferred the Padma Shri by then President Pratibha Patil in 2010, after his death due to cancer on September 30 last year.

“The statue bit of the plan had failed to materialise then due to some technical reason. However, the minister has finally given the go-ahead for the project. We expect it to be in place by the end of this financial year,” a senior official said.

He added that the statue, besides being a fitting tribute, is also expected to appeal to the youngsters visiting kala bhavan and inspire them to learn more about him.

Seen as one of the major hubs for promotion of arts and culture in the state, the kala bhavan boasts various facilities like an art gallery, an air-conditioned auditorium, an open-air theatre and six huge halls to accommodate artiste-training programmes.

Apart from this, the centre also has a huge dining hall and a picturesque fountain inside it. The facility was inaugurated by deputy chief minister Sudesh Mahto on August 17 last year.