‘cHeap priZe’ for statue competition
The Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh is looking for a suitable design to put up a 15 to 20 feet tall Bharat Mata statue to be installed in Bhopal. It recently invited sculptors, painters, sketch makers and other experts to participate in a countrywide competition to design the statue. 15 September was the last date for sending entries. The MP government wants to dedicate the Bharat Mata monument to the Indian Army. It will be known as Shaurya Smarak. But artists are not enthusiastic about the competition because the prize money is only Rs 1.5 lakh. Not only that, the artists will have to bear all the expenses for preparing their entries. Also, the state government will have full control on all the entries, including the one adjudged the best, and will have the right to use them in whatsoever manner. The artists of the other entries would get nothing.