New Delhi, September 2: The upcoming G20 Summit in New Delhi is set to witness the awe-inspiring presence of a colossal 28-foot tall ‘Nataraja’ statue, believed to be the tallest of its kind in the world. The installation of this magnificent statue is expected to draw massive crowds, capturing the essence of Lord Shiva’s cosmic power of creation and destruction.

Ancient Technique, Modern Marvel

Crafted using the ancient lost-wax technique of metal casting that dates back to the illustrious era of the Chola dynasty, the ‘Nataraja’ statue represents a tribute to the famed Chola bronzes. This meticulous method involves casting molten metal, such as bronze, gold, or silver, into a mold created from wax or resin-like materials. The result is a stunningly detailed sculpture that captures the essence of Lord Shiva’s dance of creation and the eternal cycle of life.

The sculpture has been made using traditional casting methods and “ashta dhatu”, a blend of eight metals, with copper as the primary component at 87%. Nataraja is Lord Shiva in his dynamic dance posture, called “tandava”, which in a single pose captures Shiva’s roles as creator, preserver, and destroyer.

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“The artisans from Swamimalai in Kumbakonam in Tamil nadu who are renowned for their traditional expertise, have employed the time-honoured ‘lost wax’ casting process, adhering to ancient canons and measurements prescribed in the Shilpa Shastra or the science of sculpturing, which have guided the creation of Nataraja sculptures since the Chola period in the 9th century AD,” an official said, asking not to be named.

The Symbolism of ‘Nataraja’

The ‘Nataraja’ statue embodies Lord Shiva as the ‘lord of dance,’ symbolizing his cosmic dance that brings forth both creation and destruction. This profound representation is a testament to the intricate balance of existence, encapsulating the multifaceted nature of the universe itself.

G20 Summit: The Epicenter of Global Diplomacy

The G20 Leaders’ Summit, scheduled from September 9 to 10, is poised to take place at the newly-constructed ‘Bharat Mandapam.’ This international convention and exhibition center, located at Pragati Maidan, has undergone a remarkable transformation, adorning itself with thematic posters, artistic logos, and flags representing the diverse G20 member nations.

A Journey Through Cultures: The ‘Culture Corridor’

Adding to the grandeur of the summit, the Ministry of Culture has envisioned a captivating ‘Culture Corridor.’ This corridor serves as a convergence of the finest and most valuable artifacts from all 29 participating countries. Here, the spirit of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ — the theme of the G20 summit — comes alive, embodying the belief that culture unites humanity.

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The Digital Museum Experience

The ‘Culture Corridor – G20 Digital Museum’ invites attendees to embark on a cultural journey. A curated collection of physical and digital artifacts, representing the cultural heritage of G20 member nations, will be on display. Leaders and delegates will traverse this immersive corridor, connecting with the essence of cultural diversity and unity.

Unveiling India’s Cultural Tapestry

India’s contributions to this international endeavor include its rich heritage of yoga, the grandeur of Kumbh Mela, the resonance of Vedic chanting, the intricacy of lost-wax bronze casting, and the allure of double ikkat weaving exemplified by Patan Patola of Gujarat. Furthermore, the ‘Nataraja’ statue itself stands as a testament to India’s commitment to preserving its cultural legacy through the centuries.

A Tribute to Democratic Traditions

The ‘Mother of Democracy’ exhibition, orchestrated by the Culture Ministry, weaves a narrative of India’s enduring democratic journey spanning over 5,000 years. This exhibition highlights how India has nurtured and strengthened democratic principles, establishing itself as a beacon of democratic ideals on the global stage.

A Confluence of Cultures: Key Highlights

  • Towering 28-foot ‘Nataraja’ statue, the world’s tallest, graces the G20 Summit venue.
  • Ancient lost-wax technique used to create the statue, reminiscent of Chola bronzes.
  • ‘Nataraja’ symbolizes Lord Shiva’s dance of creation and destruction.
  • G20 Leaders’ Summit to be held at ‘Bharat Mandapam,’ Pragati Maidan.
  • ‘Culture Corridor’ showcases artifacts from 29 participating countries.
  • India’s contributions include yoga, Kumbh Mela, and the ‘Nataraja’ statue.
  • ‘Culture Corridor – G20 Digital Museum’ offers an immersive cultural experience.
  • Exhibition ‘Mother of Democracy’ celebrates India’s democratic heritage.
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As the ‘Nataraja’ statue stands tall, a silent sentinel of cosmic energy, it becomes a beacon of unity amid diversity, a tribute to the shared cultural tapestry of humanity. The G20 Summit takes on a profound dimension as it converges diplomacy, culture, and heritage on a global platform.