Famous Indian sand artist and Padma Awardee Sudarsan Pattnaik, has won the People's Choice Award at a renowned sand sculpting festival in the U.S., amazing the Americans with his art that featured the message of putting plastic that is contaminating the oceans.
Pattnaik was among the 15 top sand artists who got chosen from all over the world to take part in the 2019 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival in Boston, Massachusetts. He won the People's Choice Award for his sand art 'Stop Plastic Pollution, Save Our Ocean'
"This is a major honour and respect for me in the US. This honour is for India, which is additionally doing a lot to majors to stop plastic contamination and bring awareness to this major issue," Pattnaik told PTI over the telephone from Boston.
The award-winning sand artist made art which showed a turtle got stuck in a plastic sack and a fish with plastic junk, for example, shoes, bottles and glass inside its body. The tail of the fish is in the mouth of a human, connoting how plastic contamination in the water bodies is also affecting individuals when they eat seafood.
In the midst of cheers and acclaim, he got the People's Choice decoration from Revere Beach Partnership Board Member Adrienne Sacco-Maguire during an honour function.
The Odisha-local said that through his sculpture he needs to feature that human action is devastating the water bodies, and people are additionally getting affected by contaminated waterways as they consume seafood.
A few Indians also attended the award function with the Indian tricolor and cheered up for Pattnaik, who offered thanks to the Indian Consulate General in New York and its authorities for their gesture.
Praising Pattnaik on the success, India's Consul General in New York Sandeep Chakravorty stated, "We are delighted that our very own Sudarsan has won the People's Choice Award at this esteemed world event."
Mr. Chakravorty said thanks to the Indian Community of Greater Boston zone and all over the US for their help, saying the topic of Pattnaik's art 'Stop Plastic Pollution, Save Our Ocean' is topical and significant and has reverberated with people in general. Yet another feather in the cap of our genius from the holy city of Jagannath Puri."
The event is hosted by non-profit-making organization Revere Beach Partnership, the celebration - presently in its sixteenth year - was held from July 26-28 and was attended by nearly a million people.