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Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik wins People's Choice Prize at Boston event

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Padma Shri recipient and renowned Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik won the People’s Choice Prize at the International Sand Sculpting Festival 2019 held in Boston, US last week. Pattnaik’s sand art was about plastic pollution with the message “Save the Ocean”.

The Festival started on July 26 and concluded on July 28. Including Pattnaik, there were 15 sculptors from around the world who participated in the event. An artist from Belgium won the Sculptor’s Choice while a Canadian artist won the Jury’s Choice Prize.
“I have created (a) sculpture on ‘Stop Plastic Pollution’ with the message “Save the Ocean”. Happy to see lots of people voted for my sculpture,” said Pattnaik.

Pattnaik, who is from Odisha, is known for his sand sculptures on social awareness, has participated in more than 60 international sand sculpture championships across the world and won many awards for the country. He was awarded the Padma Shri (the fourth highest civilian award in India) by the Government of India, in 2014, for his contribution in Sand Arts.

IANS

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