We, as children remember ourselves making castles in the sand or soil and used to get annoyed when somebody would flatten it. In coastal towns and cities these scenes come to life everyday when children are seen fascinated by the magnificent sea beaches and grow while making castles on the vast canvas of the beaches whenever they visit with their parents. The sand art is getting increasingly popular in the world and every now and then, the world’s beautiful beaches witness competitions in creating mesmerizing sculptures within few hours using only the sand and water. In India, the Puri town which hosts the famous Jagannath Temple has also caught the imaginations of many artists in recent times, who descend to the town to convert the amazing Puri beaches to splendid sand art gallery. Sudarsan Pattnaik who was awarded Padma Shri in 2014 by government of India is one among such artist who started making sand art at Puri beach at the age of seven years.
Sudarsan Pattnaik was born on 15th April, 1977. He had recreated hundreds of marvelous sand art. Having faced lots of difficulties to start his career as a sand artist with lack of any support or guide, he matured himself into a finest artist by his sheer zeal and determination. His work includes wonderful creations dedicated to the themes like environment awareness and protection, famous festivals and various social causes. Pattnaik, the brand ambassador of the Indian aluminum producing company, NALCO has also representation India in prestigious championships for the country. In the year 2013, he won the first prize, a gold medal at the Saint Petersburg in the 12th international sand sculpture completion held in Russian city.
Pattnaik established his famous “The Golden Sand Art Institute (now known as Sudarsan Art Institute)” in 1995 in Puri which is the unique and the first institute in India dedicated to sand art. He created the institute with a view to propagate the art among general public and impart training to sand art lovers. This is an open air boundary less institute with the abundant sand below the feet and the vast skyline above the head. When, his name was announced for the Padma Shri award by government of India, his students were overjoyed who congratulated him in a unique way by creating his five feet high sand sculpture at the Puri beach using three tons of sand. The first sand artist in the country receiving such a great honor was moved by the gesture of the government and his student. He said on the occasion; “I can’t express my feeling in words. It is a huge honor for me. Above all, the sand art got recognition in our country and many young artists will be inspired by this. I think people will also be interested to learn about this art form.” While his sand art work ‘Black Tajmahal’ has won him accolades all over the world, he is a recipient of many other national and international awards too.
Here are some of the amazing sand art of Sudarshan Pattnaik.