Statues of India #5 | Mahatma Gandhi’s Gyarah Murti

A tribute to one of the most important events in Indian history – the Dandi March.

Part of a series on Public Statues in Delhi
  The Statue Details
When A project conceived around 1962
Sculptor Devi Prasad Roy Chowdhury
Where At T-junction on Sardar Patel Marg outside President’s House in New Delhi
Made of Bronze
Depiction Mahatma Gandhi during the Dandi March along with volunteers
Commissioned by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India;

1930marcherlist_bgGyarah Murti (11 statues) is a tribute to one of the most important events in Indian history – the Dandi March. Standing tall near the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President’s House) in Delhi, Gyarah Murti is a beauty to admire. It reminds of the significant role ‘non-violence’ played in the Indian Freedom Struggle.

What was the Dandi March?

The Dandi March or the Salt March was a non-violent protest against the British salt monopoly. Led by Mahatma Gandhi, the march continued for 26 days in the coastal village Dandi, Gujarat. It was of over 240 miles, joined in by 78 volunteers. The protest was a significant event in the Indian Independence movement. Read more about it here.

The Statue

The landmark Gyarah Murti statue gives a sense of motion. Mahatma Gandhi with 10 people walking behind him showcases purpose, inherent determination and urgency.

I could not find a published material available on Gyarah Murti that can name the 10, but it’s fascinating to know how many have deciphered them in the statue in different ways. For some, the two women in the pack are Matangiri Hazra and Sarojini Naidu. One male is Brahmabandhab Upadhyay, freedom fighter and thinker; and another is Abbas Tyabji who was second in command of the Dandi march.

Others say that the 10 depict the “common man” of India from different caste, creed, religion and professions, to showcase that people from all walks of life supported the movement against the British.

Some even say that they are the peasants of the village in which Gandhiji lived.

As per some information available on the Internet, this magnificent statue is 26-m-long and 3-m-high. It is cast in bronze and it took 6 years to get made. [2]

Location

The Gyarah Murti statue is at the T-junction on Sardar Patel Marg from where roads lead to Willingdon Crescent and Teen Murti House in New Delhi.

People behind its making

The Gyarah Murti statue was sculpted by Devi Prasad Roy Chowdhury who has to his credit a number of outstanding memorials including the famous Martyr’s Memorial in Patna Secretariat, the Triumph of Labour Statue at Marina Beach, Chennai and Gandhi statues at Chennai and Kolkata. He was the first Indian artist to sculpt in bronze.

Deviprasad expired before the sculpture could be completed and his wife and students completed the statue.[3]

Author: SA

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