Festivals are an integral part of the human race. Some of them are even as old as humanity. During the festivals, we visit the homes of our beloved ones to convey our wishes. We also take the advantage of the digital era to greet everyone during the festivals. These days we make use of phone calls, sms services, and social medias to convey our feelings and pass on our greetings and wishes. All these have become very common. However, a person from the Indian city of Puri passes on his messages to all in his own way. He is Sudarsan Pattnaik, a 39-year-old extraordinary sand artist who has made India proud at different times with his extremely beautiful sand sculptures. For his distinguished contribution in the field of sand art, sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik was conferred with the prestigious Padmashree Award by the Government of India in 2014.
Till date, Sudarsan Pattnaik has created a few thousands of sculptures out of sand. And, through most of his works he tried to spread some important messages. Even in this year’s Diwali, Pattnaik came up with some excellent sand art works.
Sand Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik’s Diwali wishes for Indian soldiers at Paradip Beach, Odisha
A sand artwork made during Diwali promoting cleanliness and Swacch Bharat Mission
Sudarsan Pattnaik’s appeal to celebrate a pollution free Diwali
Early Life of Sudarsan Pattnaik
Sudarsan Pattnaik was born in 1977 in a poor family in Puri, India. He was the youngest of the three brothers in his family. His childhood days were full of struggles and hardships. Such was the financial condition of his family that he even had to drop out of school at one point of time. Since childhood, Pattnaik developed an immense interest in sand sculptures while playing with his friends on the beaches of Puri. At the age of seven, he did his first sand artwork. And, that marked the start of his eventful journey as a sand artist. In the next few years, he learned each and everything of this art form on his own.
In 1995, Sudarsan Pattnaik started Golden Sand Art Institute (later renamed as Sudarsan Sand Art Institute) in Puri. The idea was to popularize the sand art among the art lovers. It is an open air institute and is the first of its kind in India. When Pattnaik started teaching sand art, he only had 2 students from Puri. Now he has thousands of students across the world.
Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has won many awards of national and international repute for his creative sand art designs. In 2014, Government of India honoured his contributions with the prestigious Padmashree award.