Sudarsan Pattnaik was born in Puri nearly 60 km from Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha. He is the inventor of sand art in India. He started sculpting images on sand since the age of seven and has designed hundreds of sand sculpture. In the recent years people have started focusing on this art form. Being born to a poor family, his childhood dream was beyond reach in the shape of education, but destiny has reserved something else for him. He is now the one of the most popular sand artists. He has won many national and international awards for his creative designs and has recorded his name in the World records.
His achievements are :
- Created World record’s on sand sculpture at puri beach in 2006, 2007,2008, 2009, 2010 which was placed in Limca Book of World record.
- 2001 ITALY 3rd prize in world’s master Sand Sculpturing championship.
- Felicitated and awarded by the Hon’ble President of India Smt. Pratibha Devi singh Patil at Puri beach in Odisha.
- 2005 Germany 1st Prize at3rd Berlin International Sand Sculpture competition.
He is a humble guy who provides training to artists through open air Sudarsan Sand Art Institute at Puri beach that he started in 1994 with a view to make these students learn and develop sand art as a professional art form. Students from India and abroad are enrolled for projects, regular and short term courses. His objective is to create professional artists through regular curriculum in this school of art and culture in a Gurukul concept.
He has even published a few books regarding SAND ART. He occasionally conducts training and workshops on sand art in different Fair and Festivals around the countries to promote and popularize this art. He also got to perform sand animation show at the opening ceremony of Common Wealth Game 2010 at New Delhi. Dept. of Culture, Govt. of Odisha has appointed him as Government nominee (Executive member) of Odisha Lalita Kala Academy(that promotes local culture/dance).
Now he is a brand ambassador for National Aluminum Company Limited (NALCO) and International Sand Art Festival of Odisha. Some of his notable creations are