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Sand artist Sudarsan Patnaik falls ill during dharna against Puri beach pollution, hospitalised

The ace sculptor has been on a hunger strike at Bankimuhana area of the temple town since Tuesday morning.

india Updated: Jul 13, 2017 16:48 IST
Debabrata Mohanty
Debabrata Mohanty
Hindustan Times/ Bhubaneswar
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The sand artist Sudarsan Patnaik sitting on a hunger strike to protest against beach pollution at Bankimuhan.(Twitter/ Sudarsan Pattnaik)

Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik was rushed to a hospital on Thursday as he fell ill during a hunger strike in Puri demanding cleaning of the sea beach in the temple town.

“He was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Bhubaneswar this morning,” said one of his friends. “His BP (blood pressure) went down and he had a fever.”

Apollo Hospital sources said Patnaik’s health conditions were stable.

The ace sand sculptor was on a hunger strike with his students at Bankimuhana area of the town since Tuesday morning.

With scores of plastic bottles, sachets and other waste material littered near Bankimuhana, a drainage channel through which waste makes its way to the sea, Patnaik had a sand art installation to highlight the need to save the place and Puri from the scourge of filth.

Most tourists stay in hotels near Bankimuhana.

One of Odisha’s best known faces, Patnaik was nominated last year as a brand ambassador of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a flagship scheme of the Narendra Modi-led central government.

Last month too, he had created a sand sculpture to depict the poor condition of the beach at Bankimuhana.

Be it global warming, saving Olive ridley turtles, price rise, pollution, sports events, demonetisation, saving girl child or help for Uttarakhand flood victims, Patnaik is quick on the uptake with his sand sculptures.

Every year on special occasions such as Ratha Yatra, Christmas, Durga Puja and Diwali he creates sand art to spread the message of communal harmony.

First Published: Jul 13, 2017 15:42 IST