One of J&K's most well-known and innovative sculptors, Ravinder Jamwal, is not just a source of pride for Union Territory (UT), but for the entire nation. Nearly all of J&K's rotaries, crossings, and important landmarks include his distinctive and alluring works (sculptures).
Jamwal, a native of Birpur, around 25 kilometres from Jammu, is the winner of several national honours and is included in the Limca Book of World Records. His workshop is in Birpur, where he creates his own pieces.
He was listed in the Limca Book of Records for having a floating installation for the longest time. Additionally, he received the Lalit Kala Academy National Award, New Delhi. Additionally, 92.7 FM named him as their favourite Duggar personality.
The Dogra Rattan Award was given to Jamwal as well. In addition to these, Jamwal has a long list of accomplishments.
Recognising his outstanding art and unique ability, Jamwal was assigned the task of carving a statue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year.
“I was assigned the task to come up with PM Modi’s sculpture in the shortest possible time,” Jamwal told Rising Kashmir adding, “I completed the work in 15 days and prepared the 6.5 ft statue of PM Modi in fibre glass”.
He said, “All my other works (sculptures) are of metal but it was only PM Modi’s sculpture which I created in fibre glass”.
Jamwal presented this fiberglass to PM Modi during his visit to Palli, Jammu, in 2022. . Each statue, according to Jamwal, takes an average of a year or longer to create, depending on its size.
I encourage J&K kids to consider their alternatives in a variety of sectors and to attempt to be innovative while working hard, added Jamwal.
Jamwal's sculptures are visible throughout J&K from Lakhanpur, the state's entry point, all the way up to Kashmir. At Lakhanpur, there is a massive 20-foot statue (sculpture) of Maharaja Gulab Singh, which says a lot about Ravinder Jamwal's singular talent and cutting-edge creativity.
Another piece of Jamwal art is a 6.5-foot statue of Maharaja Jambu Lochan found near Jammu's Purani Mandi. In addition, the 6 ft statue of Mian Dido at Amphalla, Jammu, is also the creation of J&K’s sculptor, Ravinder Jamwal. There is also a 10 ft statue of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee at Kathua, Jammu, another unique work of Jamwal.
Be it Parade, Bikram Chowk, Vaishno Devi, Kakryal, Srinagar, Tawi Bridge, Jammu, Maj Ajay Jasrotia statue, Maharaja Hari Singh’s Statue at Tawi Bridge, and Hari Singh Park, GenZorwar Singh statue near civil secretariat Jammu, GenZorawar Singh statue opposite Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Jammu, or any other place you name, everywhere the sculptures of Ravinder Jamwal are installed.
Jamwal’s creations are also installed in Kashmir and Ladakh which includes a statue of Brig Rajinder Singh’s at Srinagar and some other statues in army areas of the valley.
Jamwal’s art work is also seen in Himachal Pradesh where the statue of Mehar Chand, former Prime Minister during Maharaja Hari Singh’s regime, is also being installed. It is also the creativity of Rajinder Jamwal on the request of HP Govt. Mehar Chand was from HP.
The works of the sculptor Ravinder Jamwal are displayed beyond the UT in Himachal Pradesh in addition to J&K. Soon, his sculptures will be on display in other states around the nation.