Sudarsan Pattnaik

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Sudarsan Pattnaik
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Sudarsan Pattnaik (2011)
Born (1977-04-15) 15 April 1977 (age 40)
Puri, Odisha, India
Occupation Sand artist
Awards Padma Shri (2014)[1]
Sand sculpture at Bandrabhan, Hoshangabad by Sudarshan Pattanaik

Sudarsan Pattnaik (born 15 April 1977) is an Indian sand artist from Odisha. He was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2014.[2]

Early life and background[edit]

Pattnaik was born in Puri, Odisha in India. He is the youngest of three brothers in his family. His childhood was full of hardships. Pattnaik taught himself the art of sand sculpture.[3]


He started sculpting images on sand since the age of seven and has designed hundreds of sand art.

He was the brand ambassador of NALCO, India.[4]

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.

Sudarsan has represented India in 50 international Sand Sculpture championship and festivals all around the world and Won 27 (Twenty seven) championship prizes for the country. During the year 2013, he won 1st prize (gold medal) at Saint Peters Burg in 12th International sand sculpture competition at Russia, Danish grand prizes at International Sand competition Championship, Denmark and won Moscow museum prize at Russia. In 2011 he won 1st prize and public prize at Denmark and also won double medal at Solo International sand art contest in Mervala 2012. In 2010, he won the gold medal for people choice award at 3rd Moscow World sand sculpture championship. He also won three medal in North American solo sand sculpture championship, People choice prize in Canada and Moscow. In 2009 Won the Korea sand sculpture award. In 2008 he won the World champion title at USF World sand sculpture championship, Berlin. Apart from this he is the 5 times winner of people choice award at Berlin, which is a record.

His sand sculpture on Black Taj Mahal earned him accolades all over the world.

He has won many national and international awards for his creative designs and has recorded his name in the World records. He was Awarded Padma Shri in 2014.

Notable international performance[edit]

  • 1998 United Kingdom Exhibited during the world travel market held at Earls Court, London in November 1998 with support of Govt. of India Tourist Office, London.
  • 1999 United Kingdom Exhibited during the world cup Cricket 99 held at EDGBASTON
  • 2000 France World Sand Sculpturing Championship.
  • 2000 China International Sand Sculpturing Championship.
  • 2000 United Kingdom International Sand Sculpturing Festival at Glassgow.
  • 2001 Singapore Participated in Sentosa Sandstation 3 June 2001, "Splendours of Golden Asia"
  • 2001 Denmark International Sand Sculpture festival 2001 Blokhus on 25 June 2001.
  • 2001 Italy 3rd prize in world's master Sand Sculpturing championship.
  • 2002 Netherlands Singles International Sand Sculpturing competition at SCHEVENINGEN on 6 May 2002.
  • 2002 Japan Champions medal in "29th International Snow Statue Contest 2002" at SAPPORO JAPAN.
  • 2002 Belgium Sand Sculpture Festival BLANKENBERGE.
  • 2002 Netherlands The Dutch Sand Sculpture Festival in Thorn 2002–03 in July.
  • 2002 China The First China Ningxia Sand Lake International Sand Sculpture event.
  • 2003 China The 3rd Luilang colour Sand Festival Demonstration Prize at china 2003.
  • 2003 Spain 2nd Prize inInternational Sand Sculpture Championship at Valadoli, Spain.
  • 2003 Germany 3rd Prize at Berlin International Sand Sculpture Championship.
  • 2003 China 4th Prize at China International Sand Sculpture competition.
  • 2004 Oman Sand Sculpture Demonstration at Muscat Festival 2004 at Oman.
  • 2004 Germany Participated at Sand World Festival at Travemunda.
  • 2004 Germany Public Prize at 2nd Berlin Sand Station Competition.
  • 2004 AUSTRALIA Participated at Sand Sculpting at Melbourne.
  • 2005 US Participated in Houston International Festival at Houston Texas. TAJMAHAL recreated in Sand.
  • 2005 Germany 1st Prize at3rd Berlin International Sand Sculpture competition.
  • 2006 Canada Representing India on Tournament of World Championship of Sand Sculpture
  • 2006 Doha Demonstrating on 15th Asian Game Doha, Qatar.
  • 2007 JAPAN Represented India at 34th Sapporo Snow Sculpture Festival.
  • 2007 UAE Demonstrating Sand Sculpture at International Student conference 2007 at Abu Dhabi.
  • 2007 Malaysia Representing India in 1st International Sand Sculpture Festival.
  • 2007 Turkey Representing India at 1st Instansbul International Sand Sculpture Festival.
  • 2007 Berlin 5th Public Prize at Berlin Representing India in 1st International Sand Sculpture Festival.
  • 2007 RUHR 1st Audience prize at Representing India in 1st International Sand Sculpture Festival.
  • 2008 JAPAN Represented India in Tottori Sand Museum.
  • 2008 MOSCOW Won people choice prize at 1st International Sand Sculpture Festival.
  • 2008 Berlin Won 1st Prize at USF World Championship 2008, Berlin. And got the title of world Champion.
  • 2009 JAPAN Participated in World Sand Art Festival.
  • 2009 MOSCOW Won Special Prize at world Sand Sculpture Championship 2009, by Russia Government.
  • 2009 South Korea: Korea sand sculptor award 2009 at 4th Haeundae Sand Festival at BUSAN
  • 2009 Berlin: People choice prize at 2nd USF World championship 2009, Berlin, Germany.
  • 2010 Russia: People choice prize at 2nd Moscow World sand sculpture championship, 2010.
  • 2010 Berlin: 1st place in people's choice at 8th International Berlin sand sculpture championship 2010(THIS IS THE 5Th TIME WINNING PEOPLE"S CHOICE PRIZE).
  • 2010 Canada: People’s choice prize at CNE International sand sculpture championship 2010
  • 2010 US: Won three medals in North American solo sand sculpture championship 2010.
  • 2011 Moscow: Gold medal for people’s choice at 3rd Moscow World sand sculpture championship, 2011.
  • 2011 Denmark: Won 1st prize at Copenhagen International sand sculpture championship, 2012.
  • 2012 Spain: Won double gold medal at Solo International sand art contest in Mervala 2012. One for the people choice and another for most positive sculpture.
  • 2012 Denmark: Won Public prize at Copenhagen International sand sculpture championship 2012.
  • 2013 Russia: Won Moscow museum prize at Moscow World sand art championship 2013.
  • 2013 Denmark : Won the Danish grand prize at 2nd Copenhagen International sand sculpture championship 2013.
  • 2014 ( France) He Exhibit sand sculpture at Cannes Film Festival at Cannes, France from 14 to 25 May.
  • 2014 (USA ) HE WON the People's Choice prize for his work "Save Tree, Save the Future" at the World Cup of Sand Sculpting-2014 held in the Atlantic City .
  • 2015 Sudharshan patnaik's Santa Claus sculpture on 29 December 2015 found a place in limca book of records. He took 22 hours to build this sculpture on 24 Dec 2015 and it will be active till 1 January 2016.
  • 2016 Sudarsan Pattnaik has won the people's choice prize for his sand sculpture titled "Mahatma Gandhi - World Peace" at the ninth Moscow Sand Sculpture Championship 2016.

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • He was awarded Padma Shri by Government of India, the fourth highest civilian award in India, in 2014 for his contribution in sand arts.[5]
  • "Honorary Doctorate" in LL.D. by Berhampur University, Odisha in 2012.
  • "Godavari Award" by kusumagraj pratisthan at Nasik, Maharashtra in 2012.
  • Felicitated and awarded by the Hon'ble President of India Smt. Pratibha Devi singh Patil at Puri beach in Odisha.
  • Young Indian leadership award 2010 by CNN IBN.
  • "People of the Year 2009" Limca book of Records honoured as on the occasion of 20th edition of Limca Book.
  • "Sarala award" by the state government for the year 2008.
  • 5 times Limca Book of World Record[citation needed]
  • "Limca Book of Record" honoured as India Extraordinary for sand sculpture on the occasion of the celebration of sixty years of India's Independence on 25 September 2007, in New York.
  • "National Tourism award 2005–2006" for most innovative tourism project by Ministry of Tourism, Govt. India.
  • "EXCELLENCY AWARD 2006" held in July2006 at New Delhi by The Sulabh International and The Society of Sri Lanka Justice of the Peace Human Rights Organization.
  • "NATIONAL YOUTH AWARD 2004–2005" organised by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India at Patna, Bihar.
  • "BHARAT JYOTI AWARD 2001" At Kolkota. (Front for National progress)
  • "Award of Excellence" by State bank of India BBSR Circle.[citation needed]
  • People's Choice Award at Sand Sculpting World Cup 2014 at Atlantic City, US.[6]
  • His santa claus sculpture took place in limca book of records which he sculptured on 24 dec 2015.

Special activities[edit]

  • Providing training to artists through open air Sudarsan Sand Art Institute at Puri
  • He started this in 1994 with a view to make these 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 regular curriculum in this school of art and culture in a Gurukul concept.
  • Published a book regarding SAND ART.
  • Conducted training and workshops and demonstrated the art form in different Fair and Festivals in and around the countries to promote and popularise this art.
  • Created World Record in sand sculpture at Puri beach in 2006, 2007,2008, 2009, 2010 which was placed in Limca Book of World record.
  • Sand animation show at the opening ceremony of Common Wealth Game 2010 at New Delhi.
  • Dept. of Culture, Govt. of Odisha appoint as Government nominee (Executive member) of Odisha Lalita Kala Academy.
  • Brand ambassador for National Aluminum Company Limited (NALCO).
  • Brand ambassador for International sand art festival of Odisha.


  1. ^ "Four person from Odisha to get Padma Shri award including Sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik". 25 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Patnaik, Sudarshan. "Four people get Padma Shro". Retrieved 2015-05-01. 
  3. ^ "Footprints on the Sand: From Global Warming to Communal Harmony - An Interview with World Champion Sand Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik". Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Sudarsan Pattnaik becomes Nalco brand ambassador". Economic Times. Bhubaneshwar, India. 20 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Padma Awards Announced". Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik wins international sculpting award". IANS. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 

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