Puri: Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sand sculpture at Puri beach of Odisha congratulating badminton player P V Sindhu on winning silver medal in Rio Olympics and also her coach Gopichand.

Pattnaik said he had created a 5 ft high sand sculpture yesterday to congratulate Sindhu and also thank her coach Gopichand. He used about 4 tons of sand for the work.

"I congratulate PV Sindhu through my sand art; she is the pride of India. I would also like to thank Guru GopiChand, the real hero behind Sindhu's success," he said.

Sudarsan has participated in more than 50 international championships and festivals and won many prizes for the country. He tries to give social messages through his sculptures.