Internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik, who is known for creating sand sculptures to create awareness on social, political and environmental issues on the sea beach of Puri, will sell some of his sand arts on canvas to raise money for people affected by the twin calamity of cyclone and subsequent floods in Odisha.
A sand medal made by sand artist Sudarsan Patnaik to congratulate Sushil Kumar and Vijender Singh, in Puri. (PTI Photo)
“As an artist I want to support the cyclone and flood victims of our state through my art,” Pattnaik said on Sunday.
The sand artist, who has participated in more than 50 International sand art championships bagging many prizes, plans to raise Rs. 5 lakh by selling five of his sand arts on canvas and donating the money to the Odisha chief minister’s relief fund. “Any interested person can contact me through my website, www.sandindia.com,” Pattnaik said.
Cyclone Phailin hit the beach town of Gopalpur in Ganjam on the night of October 12 with a wind speed of more than 200 km per hour. It devastated communication systems and power supply in all affected districts, uprooted trees, overturned trucks and flattened kuchha buildings, mostly in Ganjam district.
A day later, the waning cyclone caused heavy rain, triggering flood in Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts of northern Odisha by the next day, catching the state government unawares.
Around 1.12 crore people in 17 districts of Odisha were affected due to the twin calamity of cyclone and flood.