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Sand sculptor invited to Canada

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BHUBANESWAR: Close on the heels of bagging the Berlin international sand sculpture championship recently, Orissa's sand sculptor Sudarsan Pattnaik has been invited to represent India in the Ist Canada international sand sculpting competition commencing on August 20 in Toronto.

“Toronto is best known as heritage city of Canada and I am doubly delighted to showcase my art there. The competition shall span six days with six sand artists from across the world. Each competitor will be working with 10 tons of sand in five days,” Sudarsan Pattnaik said.

The artists participating in the event include Alexey Dyakov from Russia, Joo Heng Tan from Singapore, Melineige Beauregard from Canada, Thomas Koet from the United States and Martijn Rijerse from The Netherlands, he added.

Sudarsan Pattnaik said he received the invitation from Paula Ellis, co-coordinator for Canada National Exhibition Council that hosts its first international event. The six sculptures by the competitors shall be on display for the public in the Heritage Court to enable the visitors to cast their votes to elect the “Fan Favorite” awardee.

So far Sudarsan Pattnaik has been a part of above 40 such international events around the world and has won dozens of top honours.

The master sculptor, who belongs to Puri, runs his Golden Sand Art Institute on the shores of the Bay of Bengal in his home town where he trains enthusiasts in the 700-year-old sand art.

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