A magnificent sand art of freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose by international sand artist Padma Shri Sudarsan Pattnaik at Lal Qila in Delhi earned the praise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.
Pattnaik’s sand art of Netaji was based on Subhas Chandra Bose’ birth anniversary yesterday which has been observed by Parakram Diwas.
In a tweet, Pattnaik wrote, "Feeling honoured! Hon’ble PM @narendramodi ji visited and appreciated my sand art of Netaji Subash chandra Bose on #ParakramDiwas at Red Fort #Delhi."
As per reports, 8 tonnes of sand and 500 steel bowls were used to create the 7-feet tall sand sculpture at the Red Fort.
Speaking about the sand art and PM Modi’s visit, Pattnaik said, “We have prepared a sand art of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose here on Parakram Diwas using more than 500 steel bowls. PM Modi came to our installation; he appreciated the effort and blessed us. It is an honour that PM visited us.”
“He (PM Modi) greeted me with Jay Jagannath slogan and encouraged me for my work. He said he liked all my work. This was a real honour and an inspiration for me and for the artistic community as a whole,” Pattnaik said.
It was a gracious moment as an artist to meet our Hon’ble Prime minister Shri @narendramodi ji, The very first word he said was #JAIJAGANATH . It was a very blessfull moment for me. pic.twitter.com/V1GCAYQFMk— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) January 24, 2024
A local of Odisha’s Puri, Sudarsan Pattnaik was honoured with the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award by the Government of India for his sand arts.
He broke the Guinness world record for making the world's largest sand castle in February 2017. His record was broken by Skulptura Projects GmbH in Binz, Germany, in June 2019.