Sudarsan Pattnaik

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Sudarsan Pattnaik
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Sudarsan Pattnaik (2011)
Born (1977-04-15) 15 April 1977 (age 41)
Puri, Odisha, India
OccupationSand artist
Awards Padma Shri (2014) [1]
Sand sculpture at Bandrabhan, Hoshangabad by Sudarshan Pattanaik Sand sculpture at Bandrabhan,Hoshangabad.JPG
Sand sculpture at Bandrabhan, Hoshangabad by Sudarshan Pattanaik

Sudarsan Pattnaik (born 15 April 1977) is an Indian sand artist from Odisha. He was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2014. [2]

Odisha State in Eastern India

Odisha is one of the 29 states of India. Located in eastern India, it is surrounded by the states of West Bengal to the north-east, Jharkhand to the north, Chhattisgarh to the west and north-west, and Andhra Pradesh to the south. Odisha has 485 kilometres (301 mi) of coastline along the Bay of Bengal on its east, from Balasore to Ganjam. It is the 9th largest state by area, and the 11th largest by population. It is also the 3rd most populous state of India in terms of tribal population. Odia is the official and most widely spoken language, spoken by 36.6 million according to the 2016 Census.

Padma Shri family of awards of the state of India

Padma Shri is the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India, after the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan. It is awarded by the Government of India, every year on India's Republic Day.

Government of India Legislative, executive and judiciary powers of India

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Early life and background

Puri, Odisha in India.Sudarsan Pattnaik World renowned Indian Sand artist Born to a poor family in the land of Lord Jagannath, at Marchikote lane, Po/Dist-Puri(Orissa)was born in the year of 1977 .His childhood dream was beyond reach in the shape of education, but destiny has reserved something for him by the serene sea under the soft sun shine striving to leave imprints on the sand of time – that’s what the international sand artist is all about.

Puri City in Odisha, India

Puri is a city and a Municipality in the state of Odisha in eastern India. It is the district headquarters of Puri district and is situated on the Bay of Bengal, 60 kilometres (37 mi) south of the state capital of Bhubaneswar. It is also known as Sri Jagannatha Dhama after the 12th-century Jagannatha Temple located in the city. It is one of the original Char Dham pilgrimage sites for Hindus.

India Country in South Asia

India, also known as the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh largest country by area and with more than 1.3 billion people, it is the second most populous country and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the northeast; and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives, while its Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.


Sudarsan has represented India in 60 international Sand Sculpture championship and festivals all around the world and Won 27 (Twenty seven) championship prizes for the country. In 2016 & 2017 he has won Gold medal in Russia and in 2016 got people’s choice prize in Bulgaria. In 2013, he won 1st prize (gold medal) at Saint Peters Burg in 12th International sand sculpture competition at Russia, Danish grand prizes at International Sand competition Championship, Denmark and won Moscow museum prize at Russia. In 2011 he won 1st prize and public prize at Denmark and also won double gold medal at Solo International sand art contest in Mervala 2012. In 2010, he won the gold medal for people choice award at 3rd Moscow World sand sculpture championship. He also won three medal in North American solo sand sculpture championship, People choice prize in Canada and Moscow. In 2009 Won the Korea sand sculpture award. In 2008 he won the World champion title at USF World sand sculpture championship, Berlin. Apart from this he is the 5 times winner of people choice award at Germany, which is a record.

He has also bagged various national award like National Youth award (2004-2005), National Tourism award (2005-2006), People of the year award by Limca Book in 2009 and Young Indian leadership award by CNN IBN in 2010; He has been felicitated by Her Excellency president of India Smt. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil during her visit to Puri. His art performance was also appreciated by honorable dignitaries the president of India, the prime minister of India, speaker of Lok sabha and the Governor of State. He also got Honorary Doctorate from Berhampur University, Odisha in 2012. In this year he set a Guinness World record for creating World’s tallest sand castle. In 2014 he has honoured Padma Shri By Govt of India.

Apart from these, he is creating social awareness in national and international arena on world peace, global warming, terrorism, HIV AIDS, to save endangered wildlife species through his sand art for which he is always covered in global media. His works on the promotion of India tourism in Global forum through his art in different countries like Belgium, USA, Holland, London, USA etc. is highly recommendable.

International Awards And Achievements

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