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Sudarsan Pattnaik Seeks Financial Assistance To Create International Standard Museum


10 August 2019

Sangita Agarwal


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Bhubaneswar:      The dream to build an international-standard sand art museum in Puri is still in doldrums as world famous sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik is looking for financial assistance to carry forward the project.

Notably, he has been allotted a space for the same by the Odisha government few months back. But no work has been initiated in the plot till now.

Talking to OMMCOM NEWS, the internationally acclaimed Puri based artist said, “A space near Banki Muhana  is given to me for setting up my dream project. I want to set an international standards and art museum-cum-park in Gurukul concept where artists from across the world can come and practice and learn the art, as well as display them.”

Relating the need for such a project, he said, “In beaches where I create sand art, they are not permanent and get destroyed. So many tourists return disappointed and cannot enjoy the art form the whole year. Yesterday, some tourists felt dejected when they were unable to witness the art form. They had specially stayed for a day longer in the pilgrim city just to get a glimpse of the art form. So I want to create a museum (as present in Japan) but in a smaller scale, so that all can reap benefits. But as I am an artist, I don’t have enough funds to start it and am looking for sponsors. A world class project of this magnitude needs funds. With some financial aid, I can carry forward this venture.”

The project is already delayed after the landfall of cyclone “FANI’ in May this year. The temporary boundary wall which was present was destroyed in the cyclone.

 “It is my only dream and I have already prepared its blueprint. It will be an all-time tourist attraction in Puri after completion. I want it to be a world-class museum cum park but need support from all sides to build it,” signed off the artist.

 It is worth mentioning that Sudarsan Pattnaik had earlier returned a land which was given to him by the State Government in 2013 for the proposed sand art park as it was in the interiors of Puri and quite far off from the beach.

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Sudarsan Pattnaik, Sand Artist