BHUBANESWAR: Internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has bagged the gold medal at ninth Moscow Sand Sculpture Championship “The magical world of sand” 2016.
Sudarsan won the championship for his sand art on “Mahatma Gandhi – World Peace”.
About 20 sand artists from different countries around the world participated in the championship. The championship event was held from 21-27 April in Moscow.
Pattnaik’s solo presentation about 15 feet high sand sculpture “Mahatma Gandhi” depicted the message of non-violence and peace.
“I am very happy to have won the title in the championship for my country. The director of sand art festival PaveI Minilkov presented the gold medal and the trophy at the ceremony today. I have tried to show through my sculpture how Gandhiji’s non-violence concept will bring global peace around the world,” said Pattnaik after being awarded the Gold medal.
After winning the award, Pattnaik called on India’s Ambassador in Russia Sh. Pankaj Saran, who congratulated him on his winning the championship in Moscow.
Pattnaik is also a Padmashri awardee- India’s 4th highest civilian award. Pattnaik also runs a sand art school at Puri Beach in Odisha.”