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On Parakram Diwas, PM to unveil Netaji's hologram statue

By A Draft Correspondent

From this year onwards, the Republic Day celebrations across India will commence on 23 January, instead of 24 January, to include the birth anniversary of one of India's greatest freedom fighters, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

In order to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of the great freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on 23 January 2022, now observed as Parakram Diwas, the government earlier announced the installation of a grand statue of Netaji Bose at India Gate in New Delhi. The statue, made of granite, shall be a fitting tribute to the immense contribution of Netaji in the country's freedom struggle and a symbol of the country’s indebtedness to him.

Till the work for the statue is completed, a hologram statue of Netaji will be present at the same place. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil the hologram statue of Netaji at India Gate on the evening of 23 January 2022.

STANDING TALL: A hologram statue of Netaji will be present at India Gate in the interim
The hologram statue will be powered by a 30,000 lumens 4K projector. An invisible, high gain, 90 per cent transparent holographic screen has been erected in such a way so that it is not visible to the visitors. The 3D image of Netaji will be projected on it to create the effect of a hologram. The size of the hologram statue is 28 feet tall and six feet wide.

During the event, Prime Minister will also confer the Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskars, for 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 in the investiture ceremony. A total of seven awards will be presented during the ceremony.

The Union government has instituted the annual Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar to recognise and honour the invaluable contribution and selfless service rendered by individuals and organisations in India in the field of disaster management. The award is announced every year on 23 January and carries a cash prize of Rs 51 lakh and a certificate for an institution and Rs five lakh and a certificate for an individual.

The statue will be made by Odia sculptor Adwaita Gadanayak who also heads the National Modern Art Gallery in New Delhi. In a tweet, the PM said, "This would be a symbol of India's indebtedness to him."

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