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Odisha Artists Raise HIV Awareness To Mark World AIDS Day

Bhubaneswar: Miniature sculptor L Eshwar Rao and international sand sculptor Manas Kumar Sahoo, both from Odisha, have through their art raised awareness about HIV/AIDS to mark World AIDS Day 2019, to be celebrated on December 1.

Rao has placed the awareness ribbon, international symbol of HIV and AIDS awareness, inside a glass bottle with a message ‘Say No to AIDS’. The height of the symbol is 6 inch and it took two days for Rao to complete the work.

“Government is now providing facilities for detection of HIV/AIDS free of cost at all government hospitals. Stalls related to HIV/AIDS are also set up at stalls in various exhibitions or events. People can visit the hospitals or such stalls to clear their doubts about the disease,” said Rao.

Sahoo has created an awareness-based sand art at the Light House sea beach of Puri. It is a structure of globe showing how valuable is human life. In this sand art he has made a Red Ribbon and has shown the devastating result of HIV/AIDS and the immeasurable suffering people go through it. 

This sand art is of 25 feet in width and it took Sahoo nearly seven hours to make it. ‘WORLD AIDS DAY’ and ‘Community Makes the Difference’ are the message which has been given in this art. Students of his institute has cooperated him in making this art.

L Eshwar Rao, Miniature Sculptor, Odisha

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