Globally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik today paid tribute to the Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi on the eve of the second anniversary of Swachch Bharat Abhiyan, by creating a colourful sand sculpture on Mumbai’s renowned Girgaum Chowpatty. The massive sand sculpture, 10 feet in height and 40 feet in beadth was built by Sudarsan Pattnaik, assisted by his team, utilizing approximately 10 truck loads of sand. The sculpture , which sports the colors of the national flag, will be open for public viewing on Sunday, October 2nd the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on Chowpatty concludes the fortnight long Nirmal Sagar Tat Abhiyaan or the clean coastline campaign launched by the Maharashtra Maritime Board. The sculpting work began after a clean up drive at Chowpatty in which a large number of students, local residents, CEO, of Maharashtra Maritime Board Atul Patney as well as Sudarsan Pattnaik participated.
Sudarsan Pattnaik, the brand ambassador of the the Nirmal Sagar Tat Abhiyaan, travelled along the Konkan coast of Maharashtra creating awareness about clean coastline. “Maharashtra’s coastline is so beautiful with many picturesque beaches. By creating sand sculptures on these beaches, i am trying to send a message, that there is so much art in these sands and it is important to keep it clean always”. He also involved a number of schoolchildren in his awareness campaign.
The main objective of the campaign was to make state’s beach fronts clean, less polluted and more tourist friendly. Pattnaik said other states, including his home state Odisha should initiate such campaigns to create awareness about keeping beaches clean.
About Sudaran Pattnaik and his sand art
Sudarsan Pattnaik has carved a niche for himself in the field of sand art and won many national and international awards. Earlier this year, he won the Gold Medal at the International Sand Art competition held in Moscow for his sand sculpture on world peace. Pattnaik has sculpted many masterpieces in sand, often picking contemporary themes, which he says helps art to connect better with common people.
His sand sculptures paying tribute to Uri martyrs, Mother Teresa’s saint hood, Swachch Bharat etc. won wide acclaim. The sand sculpture of Santa Claus, built during Christmas last year entered the Limca Book of Records as the tallest sand sculpture build in India. Pattnaik has been commissioned to create a special sand sculpture in Goa for the BRICS Summit 2016, representing the member nations.
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