Sudarsan Pattnaik

Sudarsan Pattnaik (born 15 April 1977) is an Indian sand artist from Odisha. He was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2014.


Early life and background

Sudarsan Pattnaik was born in a poor family in Marchikote Lane, Puri district, Odisha, in 1977.Sudarshan Pattnaik was creative from very young age. He has a world record for making world’ largest sand castle in Puri beach , Odisha


Sudarsan has represented India in 60 international sand sculpture championships and festivals all around the world and won 27 championship prizes for the country. He was among the 15 top sand artists selected from across the world to participate in the 2019 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2016 & 2017, he has won gold medal in Russia and in 2016, he got People’s Choice Prize in Bulgaria. In 2013, he won 1st prize (Gold Medal) at Saint Petersburg in 12th International Sand Sculpture Competition at Russia, Danish Grand Prizes at International Sand Competition Championship, Denmark and won Moscow Museum Prize at Russia. In 2011, he won 1st Prize and Public Prize at Denmark and also won Double Gold Medal at Solo International Sand Art Contest at Mervala in 2012. In 2010, he won the gold medal for People’s Choice Award at 3rd Moscow World Sand Sculpture Championship. He also won Three Medals in North American Solo Sand Sculpture Championship, People’s Choice Prize in Canada and Moscow, Russia. In 2009 he won the Korea Sand Sculpture Award. In 2008, he won the World Champion Title at USF World Sand Sculpture Championship, Berlin. Apart from this he is the 5 times winner of People’s Choice Award at Germany,

He has also bagged various national award like National Youth Award (2004–05), National Tourism Award (2005–06), People of the Year Award by Limca Book in 2009 and Young Indian Leadership Award by CNN IBN in 2010; He has been felicitated by Her Excellency President of India Smt. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil during her visit to Puri. His art performance was also appreciated by honorable dignitaries, such as the President of India, the Prime minister of India, Speaker of Lok Sabha and the Governor of State. He also got Honorary Doctorate from Berhampur UniversityOdisha in 2012, following by this year he set a Guinness World Record for creating World’s Tallest Sand Castle. In 2014 he was honoured Padma Shri By Govt of India.

Apart from these, he is creating social awareness in national and international arena on world peace, global warming, terrorism, HIV AIDS, to save endangered wildlife species through his sand art for which he is always covered in global media. His works on the promotion of Indian Tourism in Global Forum through his talent of art in different countries like BelgiumUnited States, the NetherlandsLondon etc. is highly recommendable.

International awards and achievements

  • United Kingdom: Exhibited during the World Travel Market held at Earls CourtLondonin November 1998 with support of Govt. Of India, along with Tourist Office, London.
  • United Kingdom: Exhibited during the World Cup Cricket ’99 held at Edgbaston, United Kingdom during May–June 1999.
  • France: World Sand Sculpturing Championship at France in 2000.
  • China: International Sand Sculpturing Championship in 2000 at China.
  • United Kingdom: International Sand Sculpturing Festival in 2000 at Glasgow.
  • Singapore: Participated in Santosa Sandstation in 2001, 3 June “Splendors of Golden Asia” at Singapore.
  • Denmark: International Sand’s Sculpture’s Festival 2001 in Blokhuson 25 June 2001.
  • Italy: 3rd Prize in World’s Master Sand Sculpture’s Championship 2001 on 16 July 2001 at Italy.
  • Netherlands: Singles International Sand Sculpting Competition at Scheveningenon 6 May 2001 & 6 May 2002.
  • Japan: Champion Medal in “29th International Snow Statue Contest – 2002” at Sapporo, Japan.
  • Belgium: Sand Sculpture Festival at Blankenberge, Belgium in June’2002.
  • China: The 1st China Ningxia Sand Lake International Sand Sculpture Event on 3 to 10 Aug 2002.
  • Netherlands : The Dutch Sand Sculpture Festival Thorn in 2002–03 in July.
  • China : The 3rd Luilang Colour Sand Festival Demonstration Prize at China in 2003.
  • China: 4th Prize at China International Sand Sculpture Competition in 2003.
  • Spain: 2nd Prize in International Sand Sculpture Championship at Valadoli, Spain in 2003.
  • Germany: 3rd Prize at Berlin International Sand Sculpture Championship at Germany in 2003.
  • Germany : Participated at Sand World Festival at Travemunda at Germany in 2003–04.
  • Oman: Sand Sculpture Demonstration at Muscat Festival at Oman in 2004.
  • Germany : Public Prize at 2nd Berlin Sand Station Competition in 2004.
  • Australia: Participated at Sand Sculpting Australia at Melbourne in 2004.
  • Germany: 1st Prize at 3rd Berlin International Sand Sculpture Competition in 2005.
  • United States: Participated in Houston International Festival at Houston, Texas in 2005. ” TAJ MAHAL recreated in sand “.
  • Qatar: Demonstrating on 15th Asian Games at Doha, Qatar in 2006.
  • Canada: Representing India on the Tournament of World Championship of Sand Sculpture in 2006.
  • Japan: Represented India at 34th Sapporo Snow Sculpture Festival in 2007.
  • UAE: Demonstrating Sand Sculpture at International Student’s Conference, Abu Dhabi in 2007.
  • Malaysia: Representing India in 1st International Sand Sculpture Festival, Malaysia in 2007.
  • Turkey: Represented India at 1st Istanbul International Sand Sculpture Festival in 2007.
  • Germany: Public Prize at 5th Berlin International Sand Sculpture/Festival in 2007.
  • Germany: Audience Prize at 1st International Sand Sculpture Festival at Ruhr, Germany in 2007.
  • Japan: Represented India at Tottori Sand Museum in 2008.
  • Moscow: People’s Choice Prize at 1st International Sand Sculpture Festival, Moscow, Russia in 2008.
  • Berlin: 1st Prize at USF World Championship, Berlin, Germany and got the title of World Champion in 2008.
  • Japan: Participated in World Sand Art Festival.
  • Moscow: Special Prize at World Sand Sculpture Championship, by Russia Government in 2009.
  • South Korea : Korea Sand Sculptor Award at 4th Haeundae Sand Festival at Busanin 2009.
  • Berlin: People’s Choice Prize at 2nd USF World Championship, Berlin, Germany in 2009.
  • United States: Won three medals in North American Solo Sand Sculpture Championship in 2010.
  • Russia: People Choice Prize at 2nd Moscow World Sand Sculpture Championship in 2010.
  • Berlin: He got 1st Place in People’s Choice at 8th International Berlin Sand Sculpture Championship in 2010. (This is the 5th time winning people’s choice prize.)
  • Canada: People’s Choice Prize at CNE International Sand Sculpture Championship in 2010.
  • Russia: Gold Medal for People’s Choice at 3rd Moscow World Sand Sculpture Championship in 2011.
  • Denmark: Won 1st Prize at Copenhagen International Sand Sculpture Championship in 2012.
  • Spain: Won Double Gold Medal at Solo International Sand Art Contest at Mervala in 2012. One for the People Choice and another for Most Positive Sculpture.
  • Denmark: Won Public Prize at Copenhagen International Sand Sculpture Championship in 2012.
  • United States: Participated in World Sand Sculpting Championship in 2013 at Atlanta City, USA.
  • Denmark: Won the Danish Grand Prize at 2nd Copenhagen International Sand Sculpture Championship in 2013.
  • Russia: Won Moscow Museum Prize at Moscow World Sand Art Championship in 2013.
  • Russia: Won First Prize (Gold Medal) at 12th International Sand Art Competition at Saint-Petersburgin 2013.
  • United States: People’s Choice Prize in World Cup for Sand Sculpting in 2014 at Atlanta City, USA.
  • Seychelles: Participated in India Festival at Seychelles and Honoured by Govt. of Seychelles in 2015.
  • Russia: Won Gold Medal at Moscow Sand Art Championship in 2016.
  • Bulgaria: Won Gold Medal in People’s Choice at World Championship for Sand Sculpting at Russein 2016.
  • Singapore: Participated in Santosa Sandsation in 2017.
  • Russia: Won Gold Medal in 10th Moscow Sand Sculpture Championship in 2017.
  • United States: Won People’s Choice Award at a Prestigious Sand Sculpting Festival on 28 July 2019 at Boston International Sand Art Championship.
  • Italy: First Indian to win the Italian Sand Art Award, 2019, at the International Scorrano Sand Nativity event held in Lecce, Italy from 13 to 17 November.

Awards and achievements

  • He was awarded Padma Shriby Government of India, the Fourth Highest Civilian Award in India, in 2014 for his contribution in Sand Arts.
  • Honorary Doctorate” by Berhampur University, Odisha in 2012.
  • “Godavari Award” by Kusumagraj Pratisthan at NasikMaharashtrain 2012.
  • Felicitated and Awarded by the Hon’ble President of India  Pratibha Devi Singh Patilat Puri Beach in Odisha.
  • Young Indian Leadership Award in 2010 by CNN IBN.
  • “People of the Year 2009” Limca Book of World Records honoured as on the occasion of 20th Edition of Limca Book.
  • “Sarala Award” by the Odisha State Government for the year 2008.
  • 5 times Limca Book of World Records.
  • “Limca World Book of Records” honoured as India Extraordinary for Sand Sculpture on the Occasion of the Celebration of sixty years of India’s Independence on 25 September 2007, in New York.
  • “National Tourism Award 2005–06” for most Innovative Tourism Project by Ministry of Tourism of India.
  • “Excellency Award 2006” held in July 2006 at New Delhi by The Sulabh International and The Society of Sri Lanka Justice of the Peace Human Rights Organization.
  • “National Youth Award 2004–2005” organised by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India at PatnaBihar.
  • “Bharat Jyoti Award 2001” At Kolkata. (Front for National Progress)
  • “Award of Excellence” by State Bank of India, Bhubaneswar Circle.
  • People’s Choice Award at Sand Sculpting World Cup 2014 at Atlantic CityUS.
  • His Santa Claus Sculpture took place in Limca Book of World Recordswhich he sculptured on 24 December 2015.

Special activities

  • Providing training to artists through open air Sudarsan Sand Art Institute at Puri.
  • He started this in 1994 with a view to make these students learn and develop sand art as a professional art form. Students from India and abroad are enrolled for projects, regular and short term courses. His objective is to create professional artists through regular curriculum in this School of Art and Culture in a Gurukul
  • Published a book regarding Sand Art.
  • Conducted training and workshops and demonstrated the art form in different Fair and Festivals in and around the countries to promote and popularise this art.
  • Created World Record in Sand Sculpture at PuriBeach in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 which was placed in Limca Book of World Records.
  • Sand Animation Show at the opening ceremony of Common Wealth Games 2010 at New Delhi.
  • of Culture, Govt. of Odisha appoint as Government Nominee (Executive Member) of Odisha Lalita Kala Academy.
  • Brand Ambassador for National Aluminum Company Limited (NALCO).
  • Brand Ambassador for International Sand Art Festival of Odisha.