The renowned Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has won the gold medal at ninth Moscow Sand Sculpture Championship "The magical world of sand" 2016. In the contest, he made sand art scripture of the "Mahatma Gandhi sculpture for non-violence and peace".
On winning the Gold medal, an ecstatic Pattnaik said, "I am very happy to have won the title for my country. The director of sand art festival PaveI Minilkov presented the gold medal and the trophy at the ceremony today. I have tried to show through my sculpture how Gandhiji's non-violence concept will bring global peace around the world". After winning the award, Pattnaik also called on India's ambassador in Russia Pankaj Saran, who also congratulated him on his accomplishment.
The Top 20 sculptors from as many countries competed at the championship, which was held from April 21 to 27 at Kolomenskoye in Moscow, Russia.
Pattnaik, a resident of Odisha, was born in Puri. He was the youngest of three brothers in his family. His childhood was full of hardships. Pattnaik taught himself the art of sand sculpture. In 2014, he was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India. He established "The Golden Sand Art Institute" which is first of its nature in India. His sculptures include environmental crisis, famous festivals, national integrity and religious tolerance. His sand sculpture on Black Taj Mahal has earned him accolades worldwide. The celebrated sculptor has won a several other international honours too and has represented India in around 50 international Sand Sculpture championship and festivals globally and won several championship prizes for the country.