Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik wins international sculpting award 

Bhubaneswar: Odisha sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has won a prize at the sand sculpting World Cup in the US, the artist said Saturday.

Pattnaik said he won the People’s Choice prize in the solo category for his sand sculpture “Save Tree, Save the Future”.

The 37-year-old artist was the lone participant from India at the June 15-29 competition in Atlantic City which was attended by artists from several other countries.

Pattnaik, a native of Odisha’s beach town of Puri, about 56 kms from state capital Bhubaneswar, told IANS he was thankful to the people who liked his sculpture and voted for him.

Pattnaik is a recipient of the Padma Shri award and has participated in over 50 international sand sculpture championships and festivals.