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Gadwa Sculptures

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Gadwa Sculptures
Dr. Jaidev Baghel



Dr. Jaidev Baghel and Gadwa Sculptures Gadwa sculptures are fairly recognizable because of their elongated torsos and limbs and intricately stylised characteristics. Baghel was a master craftsman in Gadwakam, the ancient Indian art of bronze metal casting. He was instrumental in putting the Gadhwa craft on the national, as well as international map. A National Award winner, Baghel was best known for his elaborately detailed, sylph-like sculptures of tribal gods and goddesses, human figures and animals. His repertoire ranges from small hand-held sculptures, to large scale works that adorn public places across India. Baghel exhibited and promoted in a number of public exhibitions and workshops in India, U.S.A., U.K., Germany, Russia, Australia, U.S.A, Japan, Switzerland, Italy, France, and many more countries. He won the National Award in 1977, the Shikhar Sanman from former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1982, and received a Doctorate from the Ravi Shankar Shukhla University in Raipur in 2003. One of his significant sculptures, a six-foot bronze tree, was made into a memorial piece at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai after it weathered a terror attack in 2008. “The Tree of Life”, as it was known, was created in protest against the needless felling of trees in the forests of Chhattisgarh, and is a exquisite specimen illustrating the Gadwakam craft. Dr. Jaidev Baghel passed away in 2014.


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