Sudarsan Pattnaik To Create Sand Konarak Temple At Asian Athletics

Sudarsan Pattnaik will create a miniature of the Konark Temple in sand

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Sudarsan Pattnaik To Create Sand Konarak Temple At Asian Athletics

Sudarsan Pattnaik will create sand sculptures next month for the Asian Athletics Championship

Internationally renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik today said he will create sand sculptures highlighting Odisha's rich culture during the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship being held at Bhubaneswar next month.

The sand art, which will be carved out in the premises of Kalinga Stadium before the inauguration of the mega event on July 5, would seek to promote the rich cultural heritage of the state, Mr Pattnaik said.

Mr Pattnaik has planned to create a miniature of the Sun Temple of Konarak, a world heritage monument. Around nine tonnes of sand would be used to create all these sculptures, said the artist.
 
"Around four days will be required to complete the entire work. The objective is to make the participants in the international sport event aware of Odisha's rich culture," said Mr Pattnaik, who has participated in more than 50 sand art championships and festivals around the world and won many prizes for the country.

Mr Pattnaik has also created many sand sculptures for different international sport events like the Doha Asian Games, Delhi Commonwealth Games and the Cricket World Cup in London.

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Over 1000 athletes and delegates from 45 countries are slated to take part in the event which is scheduled to conclude on July 9.

 

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