‘Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life’ – Pablo Picasso
Sudarshan Patnaik is an Indian sand artist from Odisha, who was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2014. He created Guinness World Record on February 2017, by building the world’s tallest sand castle at Puri beach in Odisha. The castle is of 48 feet and 8 inches (14.48 meter). He supposedly broke the record of 45 feet and 10-inch sand castle which was created in the USA.
Patnaik was born in Puri, Odisha on 15 April 1977. He is the youngest of three brothers in his family. Despite his childhood is full of hardships, Sudarshan started sculpting images on sand since the age of seven and designed hundreds of sand art.
He established The Golden Sand Art Institute in India. His sculptures include environmental crisis, famous festivals, national integrity and religious tolerance.
Sudarsan represented India in 50 international Sand Sculpture Championships and festivals all around the world and won 27 (twenty-seven) championship prizes for the country.
Sudarshan started Sudarshan Sand Art Institute in Puri in 1994 with a view to making 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 the regular curriculum in this school of art and culture in a Gurukul concept.
He published a book SAND ART, regarding his work. He conducts training and workshops and demonstrates the art form in different Fair and Festivals in and around the countries to promote and popularise the art.
‘A true artist is not one who is inspired but who inspires others’ – Salavador Dali
Patnaik succeeded in fulfilling his dreams and he forms a true inspiration to every upcoming artist who wants to take this form of art as a profession. He believes that every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his creations.
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