In an homage to India’s cultural heritage, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed the majestic Nataraja statue, standing at a towering 27 feet in Pragati Maidan’s Bharat Mandapam, as a profound testament to the nation’s time-honored artistry and traditions.
This remarkable Nataraja statue has been meticulously crafted to greet foreign dignitaries attending the G20 Summit, symbolizing India’s rich history and culture.
Prime Minister Modi expressed his admiration for the statue through a tweet, declaring, “The magnificent Nataraja statue at Bharat Mandapam brings to life aspects of our rich history and culture. As the world gathers for the G20 summit, it will stand as a testament to India’s age-old artistry and traditions.”
This extraordinary ‘ashta-dhatu’ statue, composed of a blend of copper, zinc, lead, tin, silver, gold, mercury, and iron, distinguishes itself as a masterpiece crafted using the traditional sculpting technique of the Chola period known as the “lost-wax casting method.” Notably, this method ensures that the statue is a single, finely detailed piece with no welded parts.
The Nataraja statue holds profound significance, representing cosmic energy, creativity, and power. It is poised to captivate the attention of attendees at the G20 summit and has garnered admiration from the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.