Sandcastles can be built with a bucket and shovel. But it takes talent and a whole lot of patience to make a sand sculpture. As Anne Frank said that making castles in the air is not harmful, it is – if you take yourself seriously! These are not castles in the air but the real stuff. Not the kind that dreams are made of. The kind that even get the Padma Shri! the humble time pass, could have a serious connotation was unthinkable.
The two basic building ingredients sand and water are available in abundance. Tidal beaches generally have sand that limits height and structure because of the shape of the sand grains. Good sculpture sand is somewhat dirty, having silt and clay that helps lock the irregular-shaped sand grains together.
Sand castles were typically made by children, simply for the fun of it, but there are also sand-sculpture contests for adults that involve serious work. The largest sand castle made in a contest was 18 feet tall; the artist, Ronald Malcnujio, a five-foot-high man, had to use several ladders, each the height of the sand castle. His sculpture consisted of one ton of sand and 10 litres of water to sculpt.
Carving of sculpture in sand or sand art as it is popularly called has been historically rooted in Odisha. Popular story of Poet Balram Das in the 14th century, creates images of Lord Jagganath, Balabhadra and Subhadra in the beaches of Puri when once, it was said that he was dissuaded from visiting the Lord. Proves that sculpting has Gods blessings.
In recent times, sculptor of international fame Mr. Sudarshan Pattnaik, Padma Shri, has been responsible for giving a fresh lease of life to this art form in Orissa. Beautiful sand sculptured by him on the Puri beach attracts people. He has represented the country in many sand festivals and brought many laurels home.
He had no idea that his fascination with the sand will spread his name across the oceans. Having experienced poverty in its cruelest form and being challenged by every day ordeals this boy rose to become one of the best ambassadors for his state and the country. By reviving the seven century old sand art, he has captured global attention and best of the artists’ imagination. To him this art is service and through this, he has spread messages of universal brother hood, peace and love and this has been his path of self-exploration and self-realisation.
His art has cut across national and cultural boundaries to represent global issues, themes and concerns. He has displayed his art and received rave reviews in many countries such as the US, Holland, Russia, UK, Germany, South Korea, Japan and Singapore. From Global Warming and its impact on endangered species to paying tribute to the international pop icon, Michael Jackson, Sudarsan through his unique sand art has put his country on the international pedestal.
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