Sudarsan Pattnaik will create Sand Konarak temple at Asian Athletics Championship


Internationally renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik today said he will make sand sculptures highlighting Odisha’s rich culture amid the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship being held at Bhubaneswar one month from now.

The sand art, which will be carved out in the premises of Kalinga Stadium before the inauguration of the mega event on July 5, would try to promote the rich cultural heritage of the state, Mr Pattnaik said.

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Mr Pattnaik has planned to make a miniature of the Sun Temple of Konarak, a world heritage monument. Around nine tonnes of sand would be used to make all these sculptures, said the artist.

“Around four days will be required to finish the whole work. The goal is to make the members in the international sport event aware of Odisha’s rich culture,” said Mr Pattnaik, who has taken part in more than 50 sand art championships and festivals around the globe and won many prizes for the nation.

Mr Pattnaik has additionally made many sand sculptures for various worldwide sport events like the Doha Asian Games, Delhi Commonwealth Games and the Cricket World Cup in London.

More than 1000 athletes and delegates from 45 nations are slated to take part in the occasion which is booked to conclude on July 9.