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Babasaheb Purandare charms Delhi, meets sculptor Ram Sutar

By Vijay Satokar
Jul 19, 2017
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They had plenty to talk about including their common passion, the warrior king of Maharashtra Chhatrapati Shivaji. While Balvantrao Purandare, popularly known as Babasaheb Purandare has devoted his life researching Shivaji’s life and times, Ram Sutar has sculpted any number of statues of the Maratha king and is busy giving final shape to 400-foot statue of Shivaji that the government of Maharashtra plans to install in the Arabian Sea off Mumbai.

 They giggled like school children meeting after long time when told that at 95, Purandare was three years senior to Sutar, shared lunch as Sutar and his architect son Anil took Purandare around their sprawling studio in the capital. A prototype of statue pf Shivaji astride a galloping stallion that will be erected in the Arabian Sea was shown to  Purandare.

Purandare was in Delhi to inspect art gallery of the sprawling Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) where an exhibition of 120-odd paintings based on the life and times of Shivaji Maharaj is planned to be held in October this year. 

He had a tight schedule during his visit and talked to a group of history enthusiasts who gathered at Maharashtra Sadan, visited the Maharashtra Information Centre and also addressed a meeting of scholars organized by the IGNCA.

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