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Sea gives a lot of inspiration, says Sudarshan Pattnaik

K.N. Murali Sankar
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‘Every sand sculpture requires a lot of homework’

master in action:Sudarshan Pattnaik at Vakalapudi beach in Kakinada on Thursday.
master in action:Sudarshan Pattnaik at Vakalapudi beach in Kakinada on Thursday.

“Sea gives me a lot of inspiration to me to work on new sculptures every day, by way of taking away all my day’s effort through its strong waves,” says Sudarshan Pattnaik, noted sand sculptor. Mr. Sudarshan was here to participate in the three-day ‘Kakinada Beach Festival’ scheduled to be held from Friday and busy working on sand sculpture ‘save the sea’ at the Vakalapudi beach. With the help of seven of his students who came all the way from Puri, he is working on the theme and observing the faces of local fishermen.

“Every sand sculpture requires a lot of homework. After finalising the location and theme, I will assess the availability of the quantum of sand. Basing on its quantity, I will design a sketch and work on the sand accordingly,” Mr. Sudarshan has told The Hindu .

He feels that sand sculpture is a strong medium to communicate with the people and make them aware of the current affairs. “I did not want to miss any of the current affairs, but make all efforts to design a sculpture on the theme,” he says recalling the occasion when Sachin Tendulkar had done his double century in 2010. “On that particular day, I was at Sri Prakash Synergy School in Peddapuram here. After knowing the news, I asked the school management to arrange sand, with which I greeted Sachin by way of doing a sculpture,” he recalls.

The 35-year-old artist had many awards, including three world championships in sand sculpture to his credit in a career of over two decades. “I am from Puri, where my house is located adjacent to the beach. Like any other child, I too played with the sand and started making sculptures,” says Mr. Sudarshan, who was forced to give up education after completing the primary classes owing to family reasons.

“My passion for my work coupled with the focus given by the media to the art has made to rise to the international level.

Now more and more people are noticing it as a profession and undergoing training in my school,” says the brand ambassador of the NALCO, who says it is easy to get sponsorship from the companies, provided the artist is having extraordinary talent and able to put in hard work continuously. “We have to protect the sea, beaches and the fishermen. They are all part of our nature,” is what he believes and campaigns.

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