Sudarshan Pattnaik (age 34 years) born in Puri. He is the inventor of sand art in India and has learned this form of sand art by himself without any guidance by mere practice and creative ideas. he started sculpting images on sand since the age of seven only.
Sudarshan Pattnaik has won People's Choice prize at the 1st Moscow International Sand Sculpture Championship held in Russia. Pattnaik had created 15 feet high Hindu god Ganesh to create awareness among with people on the potential dangers of global warming at the International Sand Championship. His sand sculpture on Black Taj Mahal earned him accolades all over the world.