AGARTALA, May 28 � In the wake of a controversy over the �faulty statue� of Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore at the newly-built Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhavan here, the statue was removed on Tuesday.
On May 9, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar unveiled the statue of Kabiguru and the newly-built Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhavan in the presence of thousands of people.
The inauguration of the statue and the building were to mark Kabiguru�s 154th birth anniversary. From the very day of unveiling, people started saying that the statue is not matching with the face and attire of Kabiguru.
Deeply upset by the face of the statue, some artists even viewed the Rs 4.20 lakh statue made of fibre glass as Karl Marx and far different from the Kabiguru.
Following the controversy, the government has decided to remove the faulty statue of Kabiguru from the Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhavan. Sources said the Information and Cultural Affairs (ICA) department has removed the statue yesterday morning and Priyalal Paul, a local sculptor, who made the statue, was informed about the government decision.
Sources in the ICA department said the government wants one of the leading sculptor be given the task to make the statue of Kabiguru to put and end to the ongoing controversy.
An expert committee is scheduled to meet here on June 9 to find an amicable solution to the deadlock over the statue of Kabiguru.
Now, the role of the expert committee in preparing a faulty statue of Kabiguru has been questioned. �The expert committee could not avoid its role because local sculptor had made the statue after getting a green signal from it. Why did it not take up the matter with the competent authority before installing the faulty statue? The department must take note of the expert panel�s role to stop recurrence of such a shameful act�, said an eminent artist of the State.