Indian Sculptor calls on PM Nagamootoo

DPI, Guyana, Monday, October 29, 2018

Political Counsellor to the High Commissioner of India, R.K Perindia and Indian sculptor, Sameer Anil Sutar paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo at his official Main Street residence on Saturday.

Sutar is the grandson of Ram V. Sutar, the sculptor who is constructing the Indian Immigration Monument which is being erected at Palmyra Village, Corentyne Region Six. The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports had held a national competition for the design of the monument which was won local artists Winslow Craig and Philbert Gajadhar in 2013. Their winning model was been sent to India to be completed in bronze.

The young Sutar said his grandfather took “around seven months” to complete the sculptures. He told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that he is following closely in his grandfather’s footsteps, and having acquired his Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree, plans to pursue his Masters.

The sculptor explained that his grandfather established the family’s business, Ram Sutar Fine Arts Private Limited. The company has produced realistic sculptures which have been recognised by countries across the globe.

Sutar visited Guyana to ensure that the sculptures are properly mounted and expressed his satisfaction with the job done. Works are still ongoing at the Palmyra monument site and are expected to be completed in November 2018

The monument was a gift from the Government of the Republic of India to the Government of Guyana in honour of the continued diplomatic relations between the two nations. It is sculpted in bronze and is a visual representation of ordinary East Indian people in everyday life. Each bears a significant artifact as an ode to the continued traditions brought by fore parents from India which have translated to current living and practices of Guyanese today.

The visit concluded with the Prime Minister presenting literary tokens to both men and gave them a tour of the residence’s ground showing them various Indian artifacts displayed.

Anara Khan

Images: Jameel Mohamed

Editor’s note:

CORRECTION | The Department of Public Information (DPI) apologises for the incorrect information carried in our bulletin above, that was carried on our website and Facebook page on Saturday, October 28, 2018. The article incorrectly stated that design for the statues of the Indian Immigration Monument at Palmyra Village, Corentyne, was created by the sculptor Sameer Anil Sutar. The design was in fact created by Guyanese artists Winslow Craig and Philbert Gajadhar. Our article has since been amended.

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