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Noted sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik who hails from Puri and has won many laurels for the country in sand sculpting has been adjudged the winner of “Moscow choice prize” in Russia, for sand sculpting. The 12 feet creation of Hindu elephant god Ganesha, that the master sculptor sculpted on sand was intended top deliver the message of world peace.
The world sand art championship 2013 was held at Moscow’s Kolomenskoe Museum Reserve from April 22-28. The prize distribution ceremony was held Sunday evening. While the “Moscow choice prize” went to Pattnaik, a Ukrainian artist bagged the “sculptor choice prize” and the “people’s choice prize” went to a Russian.
The lone participant from India,the 36 year old competed with artists from 10 different countries. A popular figure in odisha, Sudarshan Patnaik has been into sand sculpting since the tender age of seven! He has won many national and international awards for his creative designs and has recorded his name in the World records for sculpting the tallest Santa Claus and most Santa Claus image built on sand.
Pattnaik, whose name is synonymous with sand sculpting in the country has so far participated in more than 50 international sand sculpture championships across the world and won many awards for the country. In June 2012, he has won first prize in International Sand Sculpture Championship . His His sand sculpture on Black Taj Mahal earned him accolades all over the world. He runs the Sand Sculpting Institute in Puri, now a days to impart practical teaching on sand sculpting to people and hopes to get some government aid to popularize this form of art in the country!
“The government of India is not lending adequate support to sand art. Now that I have won the prize I do hope that government will do something for this art”, he said after winning the prize. Hope the government is listening!
A 20ft high sand art depicting the cultural heritage of Odisha is the centre of attraction at Bali yatra that began yesterday.
Sand artist Pramod Patnaik, the elder brother of internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik, has built the sculpture that showcases several landmarks including the Jagannath Temple of Puri and the Sun Temple at Konark.
“We have tried to depict the cultural heritage of the state and especially Cuttack, which is one of the oldest cities in the state,” said Patnaik.
The artist said that the main concept behind the theme was to ensure that those who come to the annual fair from different parts of the state got an opportunity to see the historical monuments in the city at one place.
It took Patnaik and his team of eight around four days to complete the sculpture, which showcases the historic Barabati Fort, Barabati Stadium, Ravenshaw University, Kadam Rasul mosque and the statue of Netaji Subhas Bose.
A sand artist from Mysore, Gauri MN, also assisted Patnaik in making the sculpture. Around 300 tonnes of sand has been used to make the sculpture that is 40ft long and 20ft wide.
“This is the fifth time that I have come to attend Bali yatra that is celebrated in a grand manner in Cuttack. Though I have seen a lot of sand art in Puri, this beautiful sculpture provides a detailed description about the historic monuments in Silver City,” said Sunita Choudhry, a visitor from Puri.
Last year, Patnaik’s created a 40ft-high sand art called Jagatika Utaran (universal elevation) that attracted a lot of people during the six-day fair.
One of the biggest sand arts ever created, Jagatika Utaran carried a number of social messages on HIV/AIDS, drugs, pollution and its impact on environment and universal brotherhood.
Around 1,300 kiosks have come up at Bali yatra this year, which is organised jointly by the district administration, Cuttack Municipal Corporation, Odisha tourism and the culture department in association with other departments.