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Budhia: From race track to sand track

Sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik created a sand image of the child prodigy to mark international children's day on June 1.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 15:43 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Acclaimed sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik today created a sand image of child runner Budhia Singh, who recently entered the record books for running a distance of 65 km in seven hours, to mark the International Children's Day tomorrow.

"I chose Budhia for the occasion as he has already become an icon," Pattnaik told PTI after creating the sculpture at the sea beach here taking him five hours attracting curious tourists.

Interestingly, a message on the art read 'play with children, no politics'.

Pattnaik, who was in Vancouver in Canada last month for a world sand art competition, said he was surprised when a cab driver inquired about Budhia's exploits as a child runner when he came to know that he was from India.

"It was then that I decided to honour Budhia through sand art," the artist, who created a 32-foot soccer boot on the beach ahead of the World Cup in Germany recently, said.

Pattnaik said he would send a photograph of the sculpture to President APJ Abdul Kalam who is known for his love for children.

First Published: May 31, 2006 21:10 IST

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