‘cHeap priZe’ for statue com­pe­ti­tion

The Sunday Guardian - - Covert -

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.

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