City sculptor presents Netaji miniature statue to Prime Minister Modi

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PM tweets and appreciates Arun Yogiraj’s outstanding sculpture

Mysore/Mysore: City sculptor Arun Yogiraj, who sculpted the 12-foot 3D statue of Adi Shankaracharya in a seated position and was unveiled by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand last year, had the greatest moment of his life when he personally met Modi at his office in New Delhi yesterday.

The meeting took place at 11:30 a.m. where Arun presented a two-foot tall monolithic statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The meeting with the Prime Minister was facilitated by Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha and Union Minister Pralhad Joshi.

The statue, carved from black schist (Krishna Shile), depicts a saluting Bose holding a sword. Arun took a month to carve it. On receiving the small statue, the Prime Minister tweeted: “Glad to have met Arun Yogiraj today, grateful to him for sharing this exceptional sculpture by Netaji Bose.” The Prime Minister appreciated Arun’s natural connection to art.

Speaking to Star of Mysore from New Delhi, Arun Yogiraj said it was a memorable experience with the Prime Minister. “The Prime Minister recalled how impressive the statue of Adi Shankaracharya was and was happy for the statue of Netaji. It was a brief but fruitful encounter,” he recalled.

“In fact, in November last year, after the Prime Minister dedicated the statue of Adi Shankaracharya in Uttarakhand, I was told by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) that Modi had expressed his wish to meet me in no one. However, the meeting could not take place so far. The meeting took place yesterday, thanks to our MP Pratap Simha,” Arun said.

When asked why he sculpted the miniature statue of Netaji, Arun said, “The idea for the statue germinated in my mind as soon as the Prime Minister announced that India Gate would have a statue of 30 foot Bose. I wanted to show my talent at the PM.

After Arun Yogiraj met the Prime Minister, MP Pratap Simha and his family – his wife Arpitha Simha and daughter Vipanchi Simha – together with Pralhad Joshi met the Prime Minister. Arun Yogiraj was also present where they exchanged pleasantries. The Prime Minister also presented chocolates to Vipanchi.

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