After recently bagging a gold medal in Moscow for creating a beautiful sand sculpture on Peace and Nonviolence, Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik and his skills have done the nation proud, yet again.
Pattnaik emerged as the gold medal winner at the World Sand Art Championship that was held in Bulgaria from May 26 to June 3, 2016. Titled Drugs kill Sports, Pattnaik's sand art highlights the issue of drugs in the sporting field."I am very happy that my sand art got the gold medal. I have created the two faces — one is of Lance Armstrong and another is Maria Sharapova, the two iconic players who were mired in the drug controversy, thus bringing bad name for themselves and the entire sports world," An news agency quotes Pattnaik saying.
With a total 10 artists participating in the championship, Pattnaik received the highest number of public votes and was awarded the gold medal for his sand art that was 2 metre high. According to reports that the Padma Shri awardee, Pattnaik has "participated in more than 50 international sand sculpture championships and festivals around the world and won many prizes."