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Indian sand artist wins gold in Russia

Sudarsan Pattnaik has won the 'People's Choice' Gold Medal at the 2nd World Sand Sculpture Championship for his sculpture of Bollywood actor Raj Kapoor.

Celebrated Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has won the ‘People’s Choice’ Gold Medal at the 2nd World Sand Sculpture Championship here for his sand sculpture of legendary Bollywood actor Raj Kapoor.

The theme of this year’s sand sculpture championship was ‘World cinema’ and the artists were required to give their vision of famous movies from famous directors with famous actors in their sand creations.

Pattnaik’s ‘Raj Kapoor,The Icon of Indo-Russian Friendship’ sculpture was highly acclaimed by the visitors,who voted him for the top prize.

The artists from Iceland won the ‘Jury Choice’,and ‘Sculptor Choice’ prize in this championship.

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The artists from 11 countries,including India,the US,Russia,UK,Italy,Island,Czech Republic,took part the championship held in Moscow for the second time.

Last year Pattnaik had won the Special Prize instituted by the Moscow’s Kolomenskoye State Heritage Museum for his sand replica of Taj Mahal.

Pattnaik has earlier won the Berlin world championship for his sand sculpture spreading awareness of global warming.

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Through his sand sculptures Pattnaik sends massages to the public by creating awareness campaign. He also runs a sand art school at Puri Beach in Orissa.

First published on: 06-05-2010 at 12:53:36 pm
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