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Odisha Sand Artist Creates Sand Ganesha With 1000 Plastic Bottles

Acclaimed Odisha sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created a sand sculpture of Lord Ganesh with 1000 plastic bottles at Puri beach


Sudarshan Pattnaik — a renowned sand artist belonging to Odisha — has created a sand sculpture of Lord Ganesha with 1000 plastic bottles around it at Puri beach, reported news agency PTI. According to reports, Sudarshan Pattnaik wants to spread a message against single-use plastic to save our environment. The sculpture is unveiled at the time when the entire country is celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi.

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The sculpture created by acclaimed sand artists has a message composed on it “Say no to single-use plastic” and “Save our environment”. Speaking about the theme, Pattnaik said that it is inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign to shun single-use plastic.

For the unversed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Mann Ki Baat radio broadcast on this independence gave a clarion against single-use plastic. The sole purpose behind creating this sand sculpture of Lord Ganesha is to make people aware of the ill effects of plastic on the environment,  Pattnaik said. Adding on he said that if not recycled, it takes up to a thousand years to decompose creating health hazards.

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“On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, I want to appeal to the people not to use single-use plastic to save our environment,” the renowned artist told PTI. According to the report, the 10-ft high sand sculpture of Lord Ganesh was created by using 5 tonnes of sand, while about 1000 plastic bottles were installed around it, he said.

Talking about the sand artist, Pattnaik won the People’s Choice award at the Boston International Sand Art Championship 2019 held in Boston where he presented his sand sculpture based on the global issue of plastic pollution.

Sudarshan Pattnaik is a Padma awardee, who has represented our country in over 60 international sand sculpture championships and festivals around the world and won many prizes for the country. Most of his sand creations are based on important social issues aimed at creating awareness in society, he said.

Also Read: Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: Significance, Date, Time And Puja Details

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