Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil the 28 ft statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose under the canopy near India Gate during evening hours today (Sept 9). He will also inaugurate the renamed ‘Kartavaya Path’, earlier known as Rajpath, a stretch from Rashtrapati Bhawan to India Gate in New Delhi.
The monolithic granite statue would replace the hologram one, that was inaugurated by PM Modi on the 125th Birth Anniversary of Netaji on 23rd January, 2022. This is an initiative by the Indian government to honour the exemplary efforts made by Netaji in the freedom struggle of India.
What are the special Features of the Netaji statue
- A jet black granite statue is carved out of a monolithic block of granite weighing about 280 MT
- An artistic group of sculptors spent 26,000 man-hours to precisely carve the grand statue of Netaji with a weight about 65 MT
- The team of sculptors led by Arun Yogiraj, have hand-sculpted the statue using traditional techniques and modern intricate tools.
- According to the Culture Ministry, a 100-ft-long truck with 140 wheels was specially designed for this granite statue to travel 1,665 kms from Khammam in Telangana to New Delhi
- Once unveiled, the statue would be one of the tallest, realistic, monolithic, handmade sculptures in India
What celebrations would follow the unveiling ceremony
- The arrival of Netaji statue at India Gate canopy will be marked with traditional Manipuri Shankh Vadayam and Kerala’s traditional Panch Vadayam and Chanda.
- The unveiling of the statue would be accompanied with the tune of the traditional INA song ‘Kadam Kadam Badhayeja’
- To showcase Netaji’s life, a special 10-minute drone show would be projected at India Gate on three successive dates i.e. 9,10 and 11 September.
- A cultural festival by 500 dancers drawn from all over India would be showcased at Kartavya Path to demonstrate the spirit of ‘Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat’.
- A similar glimpse of the show would be shown to PM Modi at the amphitheatre near India Gate by around 30 artists, who would perform the tribal folk art forms such as Kalbelia, Kargam, Panthi and Sambalpuri. This would be accompanied with live music from Nasik’s Dhol Pathik Tasha and drums.
What inspiration Indians should draw from Netaji’s freedom struggle
- Netaji rejected the life of comfort and amenities and instead gathered his arms and courage against British imperialism in India.
- He urged his countrymen to gather themselves and wage war against the atrocities done by the English rulers.
- Azad Hind Fauj, established by him, inspired millions of people both in India and abroad who sacrificed their lives on his call.