Sudarshan welcomes Geeta through sand art

Puri: Eminent sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik on Monday created a sand sculpture of deaf-mute Indian woman Geeta, who was living in Pakistan after accidentally crossing the border, at Puri beach to welcome her.

He made the sculpture of the Indian woman with the national flags of India and Pakistan. Patnaik thanked the two nations through his art form for the safe return of Geeta to her own country after a gap of 10 years.

“As an artist I am welcoming Geeta to India by my sand art. I thank the diplomats of India and Pakistan for bringing back Geeta to her native nation,” said Sudarshan Patnaik.

Notably, Geeta accidentally had crossed the border over 10 years ago when she was 7-8 year old. Pakistan Rangers found her sitting alone on the Samjhauta Express at Lahore railway station. Geeta was adopted by Karachi-based Edhi Foundation’s Bilquees Edhi. She Lived with Edhi in Karachi.

She had gone missing from Kartarpur near Jalandhar, where she had gone to a Baisakhi fair.