- Title: Indian artist creates intriguing Yoga statues to promote health awareness
- Date: 15th August 2021
- Summary: JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN, INDIA (AUGUST 15, 2021) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) STATUE OF INDIA'S ICONIC FREEDOM FIGHTER, MAHATMA GANDHI / OTHER STATUES, AND SCULPTURES MORE OF GANDHI'S STATUE VARIOUS OF TWELVE STATUES DEPICTING POPULAR SUN SALUTATION YOGA POSES, 'SURYA NAMASKAR' (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) SCULPTOR, PAWAN KUMAR BHATT, SAYING: "We need to be aware of our health. 'Surya Namaskar' (Sun Salutation) is an ancient practice of our land. My aim is to motivate people into taking care of their health." VARIOUS OF TWELVE STATUES DEPICTING POPULAR SUN SALUTATION YOGA POSES, 'SURYA NAMASKAR' OTHER STATUES AND SCULPTURES ON DISPLAY (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) SCULPTOR, PAWAN KUMAR BHATT, SAYING: "If I give the sculptures an attire or even facial expressions, it promotes stereotypes about religion, region, or gender. I didn't want that. I just want to give a message on health irrespective of anyone's identity. Although Yoga is a part of the ancient Hindu religion, here I just wanted to promote health in a great manner. I hope that wherever these statues are installed, they can inspire people." OTHER STATUES AND SCULPTURES ON DISPLAY
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- Keywords: India Jaipur Rajasthan art health sculpture surya namaskar yoga
- Location: JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN, INDIA
- City: JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN, INDIA
- Country: India
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- Story Text: An Indian sculptor from the western desert state of Rajasthan has created captivating statues depicting the 12 poses from popular Sun Salutation Yoga poses to promote health awareness in the country.
Sun Salutation or 'Surya Namaskar' is a Yogic exercise consisting of 12 gracefully linked poses of 'asanas' that are said to be healthy for the whole body.
Pawan Kumar Bhatt, the sculptor who created the statues said he wanted to promote healthy practices among Indians thinking about coronavirus times.
Bhatt has not installed any clothes, jewellery, or even a face of hair in the statues of Yoga citing two reasons. He says that Yoga is not just some physical exercise but takes care of the entire well-being of a person including mental and spiritual.
Secondly, Bhatt believes that although Yoga originates from Hinduism, it belongs to everyone, and by putting any particular attire or face on the statues, he didn't want to associate it with any religion, region, or gender.
Yoga is an ancient Indian Hindu practice gaining popularity across the world among health enthusiasts.
The United Nations (UN) in 2014 declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga after adopting a measure proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The day is marked by the mass practice of yoga and other healthy activities across the world.
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