Who is Arun Yogiraj?

Monalika Medatwal

Arun Yogiraj born 1983 ,is an Indian sculptor from Mysuru. He has carved the 30-feet statue of Subhash Chandra Bose, which was installed in the canopy behind the Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate in New Delhi ahead of the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. His idol of Ram Lalla, the child form of Hindu god Rama, is also installed at Ayodhya’s Ram Temple.

He hails from Agrahara, Mysore. He is from a family of five generations of sculptors from the Mysuru city in Karnataka state. Arun’s father, Yogiraj, and grandfather Basavanna Shilpi are also famous sculptors. Arun did his MBA and worked in a private company before taking up sculpting full time from 2008. His father Yogiraj Shilpi passed away while Arun was still doing the Subhash Chandra Bose statue, in October 2021.His brother Suryaprakash, who is also a sculptor, lives with them in Mysore.

Arun Yogiraj’s recent work include the divine statue of Ram Lalla. The 51-inch tall idol has been installed in the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya.

His other works include a 12-feet, tall 3-D statue of Adi Shankaracharya in Kedarnath, the 21-feet tall Hanuman statue at Chunchanakatte in Mysore district, 15-feet tall sculpture of BR Ambedkar, in Mysuru inaugurated by the then chief minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah in 2018, the white amritashila statue of Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa in Mysore, six-feet monolithic statue of Nandi and a six-feet tall statue of Banashankari Devi.

He received South Zone Young Artist award by Government of India in 2014, and Rajyotsava Prashasti by Mysuru District administration, and in 2021 Karnataka government’s Jakanachari Award.  Shilpa Kousthubha honorific by Sculptors Association.

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