Bhubaneswar: Odisha Culture Minister Jyotiprakash Panigrahi on Wednesday felicitated Padma awardee sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik for his outstanding achievement at Boston International Sand Sculpting Festival-2019.
Sudarsan bagged ‘People’s Choice Award’ in the Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival-2019 held in Boston city of the USA.
Pattnaik had made his sculpture on the theme of ‘Stop Plastic Pollution: Save our Ocean’.
While interacting with the Minister, Pattnaik said, “It is a big award for me. Top 15 sand artists from 8 countries like USA, Canada, Belgium, Russia, Holland, France and others had participated in the festival. Lakhs of people have visited the festival. As ‘People’s Choice Award’ is by the people, those who have voted me, they have ultimately voted for the theme.”
On the occasion, Culture director Bijoy Kumar Nayak, special secretary Ramakrushna Sahoo, joint secretary Manaswini Sahoo and other officials were present.