Bangalore, January 30, 2015: Bangalore based real estate major Brigade Group has made meaningful contributions towards community building over the years and the latest contribution is that of installing an iconic bronze statue of the ‘Father of the Nation’ Mahatma Gandhi, today at the Brigade Gateway campus.
The statue of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled by Shri. Gopalkrishna Gandhi the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and Governor of West Bengal from 2004 to 2009. Padma Vibhushan Dr. K Kasturirangan and M.R. Jaishankar, CMD of Brigade Group presided over the occasion.
Shri. Gopalkrishna Gandhi the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and Governor of West Bengal , said, “
Mahatma Gandhi said no violence no hatred. People have to remember him as a man of courage. Today we see sectarian hatred among us. To save others life Gandhiji gave his life.Terrorism is not against any religion, its against humanity.Gandhiji always stood with the weak and gave them assurance. This is secularism.Gandhi belongs to a place where he is believed. He is believed here today.
Brigade Gateway is an apt location for such an iconic installation as it is one of the most integrated enclaves in an urban city centre and attracts over 20 million visitors every year. With the World Trade Centre Bangalore, Sheraton Bangalore Hotel and Orion Mall in the same campus, Brigade Gateway campus sees visitors from across the country and around the world. The 11 foot installation will serve as a constant reminder all these visitors for generations to come about Mahatma Gandhi’s leadership and sacrifice towards the creation of a free India and his principles of non-violence which are very relevant today.
Commenting on the unveiling of the statue, Mr. M.R. Jaishankar, Chairman and Managing Director, Brigade Group, said, “The installation of Mahatma Gandhi’s statute at the iconic Brigade Gateway campus is our humble tribute to Mahatma Gandhiji, who united millions of Indians and led them to achieve the impossible. While the world is shaken by acts of violence and hatred, we feel it is time for us to follow the principles of non-violence that Mahatma Gandhi preached and practiced.”
Brigade Group’s endeavor through the installation of the statue is for it to be a constant reminder of Mahatma’s ideals of universal love, non-violence, peace and truth.
While we considered many options for installations within the Brigade Gateway campus, we believe the message of Gandhiji is still very relevant today and look to this installation for inspiration and solace to tide over our present day strife.
The statue of Mahatma Gandhi has been specially sculpted for Brigade Group.
- The statue was sculpted by renowned sculptor Manayya N Badiger of Kalaburagi with the assistance of 6 young sculptors and a team of 25 artisans.
- It took one year to create the statue.
- It is made of an alloy comprising Brass and Copper and weighs 1000 kg
- It is a 11 ft statue on a 6 ft high granite pedestal and stands 17 ft tall.