UK’s latest Mahatma Gandhi statue unveiled in Manchester.
LONDON: A new statue of Mahatma Gandhi, described as a gift to the UK town of Manchester, was introduced amid fanfare on Friday. The 9-foot large, 800 kg bronze statue, created by well-known Indian artist Ram V Sutar, marks among the tallest sculptures of this Father of the country outside India.
“The statue of Gandhi will celebrate the universal energy of the message.
The team said it had been inspired by the city’s unique civic pride that exhibited the values of non-violence and empathy after the 2017 Islamic State-claimed terrorist attack in a concert at Manchester Arena. “We’re inspired by the people of Manchester because of their strength, decency and community in the face of the unparalleled tragedy,” the statement noted.
The Expense of the statue, installed outside Manchester Cathedral in the Medieval Quarter of the city, was sponsored by the Indian-origin Kamani Family in memory of their grandfather Bhanji Khanji Kamani. The performer, Ram V Sutar, is the sculptor who designed the Statue of Unity, the planet’s tallest sculpture. The project, supported by Manchester Cathedral, Manchester City Council, the Manchester India Partnership and the High Commission of India in London, marks part of ongoing initiatives across the UK to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary season of Mahatma Gandhi.
“In the tumultuous times we are living in, his heritage of peace is one we could all appreciate and reflect on,” he explained.
The statue, the latest addition to a number of Gandhi figurines across the UK, was planned considering the location, scale at the context of the distance and ensuring there will be necessary pedestrian and disabled access, the organisers said. Andrew Cowan, seat of the Manchester India Partnership and CEO of Manchester Airport, stated:’The unveiling of this statue is the most recent example of this’living bridge’ that exists between Greater Manchester and India.
A large amount of work has become forging closer ties between the two because the creation of the Manchester India Partnership .
“It is a welcome addition to our city and is sure to prove popular with everybody who visits the town centre in the years ahead.”
During a 1931 trip to the UK, Gandhi had visited with the manufacturers in Lancashire, traveling from London to Blackburn via Manchester, to match with mill workers and clarify the view about the boycott of British products that was detrimental their Cottage industry. In this trip, Gandhi got a warm welcome and attracted crowds of admirers. The new statue harks back into the city of Manchester and association between Gandhi and this history.