Sudarsan receives prize for ‘Taj’ in Berlin


Bhubaneswar, August 4 (Odisha.in ) Sand artist Sudarsan Patnaik was handed over a prize at Berlin for a sand replica of Taj Mahal that he created at Berlin International Sand Sculpture Championship held June 14-21.

The prize was given by the organizing committee in a special function on July 29, the artist told Odisha.in from Berlin.

 The Taj Mahal in Agra was recently elected to the new Seven Wonders of the World list.

“The replica I created here was 15 feet high and it took me 56 hours in seven days to complete it,” he said

Patnaik, 30, was the only artist from India at the Berlin event. At least 15 artists from about 10 countries including Holland, Italy, Russia, Denmark, Bulgaria and Germany competed in the championship.

Pattnaik, a resident of Puri, 56 km from the state capital, has won various awards in all Berlin championships in which he has taken part.

In 2005, his sculpture on world peace showing Mahatma Gandhi with three monkeys was adjudged the winner.

Patnaik, who has participated in more than 32 international sand sculpture competitions, runs an art school, called Golden Sand Art Institute, in Puri.