Sand Art – The Unexplored Skill

Our country is world famous for the various art forms and crafts. Ancient painting and art styles have been passed on from generations and many of them are still practiced in various parts of the country. Some of them remain untouched, while some of them have been modified with the use of new colours and materials. India has always been a country of people with immense talent.

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One such example is Sudarsan Pattnaik, who is a self taught sand artist from Orissa. He was also awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014. Born in Orrisa, Sudarsan had a childhood full of hardships and he taught himself the art of sand sculpture.

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He started making art sculptures from the age of 7 and has made more than hundreds of sand art sculptures till date. His sculptures usually depict environmental crisis, festivals, religious tolerance etc.

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The Golden Sand Art Institute has been established by him and it’s the first of its kind in India. His talent has fetched him many national and international awards for his designs, his name is also recorded in the World Records book.

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In the past, Sudarsan Pattnaik has been invited by several developed countries to settle there and promote sand art. However, Sudarsan has always declined such invitations and wishes to promote sand art in his own country and more particularly his home town.

There are few more sand artists from other parts of our country who are admired and appreciated their talent. Rahul Arya, Badal Barai, Ilana Yadav, Nitish Bharti and Manas Kumar Sahoo are among those few more famous sand artists who are appreciated for their skill.

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The Internaional Sand Art is organised every year in Orissa and this year it will be held from 1st December to 5th December. This five day international event sees renowned international and local artists competing with each other to create the best sand sculptures.


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