World-renowned sand artist, Sudarsan Pattnaik has been selected as the Indian representative in the 10th edition of Moscow Sand Art Championship, to be held later in April 2017.
The theme selected for this year’s championship is ‘The World Around us’. It would be held from 22 April to 28 April at Kolomenskoye in Moscow, Russia.
• The event is going to witness participation from noted sand sculptors from across the world.
• Pattnaik had won the gold medal in the championship’s 9th edition in 2016 for his sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi on World peace.
• He was also recently honoured with a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the world’s tallest sand castle at Puri beach in Odisha.
• The sand artist has participated in over 50 international sand sculpture championships across the world and won several awards.
About Sudarsan Pattnaik
• Born on 15 April 1977 in Puri, Odisha, Pattnaik learned the art of creating sand sculptures himself. He started sculpting images on sand since the age of seven.
• He was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2014.
• He established "The Golden Sand Art Institute", the first of its nature in India.
• The artist has won over 27 prizes including the World champion title at the USF World sand sculpture championship, which was held in Berlin, Germany in 2008.
• He is also a 5-time winner of people’s choice award at Berlin.
• His sand sculpture, titled Black Taj Mahal gained him world recognition.
• His sculptures cover various issues including environmental crisis, peace, religious intolerance, corruption, political discord, health, national integrity and also famous leaders and religious festivals.