A dream to realize, a strong zeal in the heart and a dedicated Art lover, Sudarsan not only mastered the art, but was keen to propagate the same to others. The determination of this man, support and a consorted effort from his friends in Puri, culminated in the formation of “Golden Sand Art Institute” in the year 1995.(Now it is renamed as SUDARSAN SAND ART INSTITUTE ). The institute is an open-air institute with no boundaries and limitations, with sands below the feet and the sky above the head, the institute is located in the seashore that spans between Hotel May Fair Beach Resort and the Panthanivas in Puri.
Aims & Objectives
- Propagate the art among the general public.
- Impart training on Sand Art to art lovers.
- Development and Popularisation of this unique art form.
- Develop Sandart as a professional carrier with support from its fine art wing.
The institute that started with only two students and has grown to a 35 member team now. The institute organise an annual “Sandart Exhibition” in the month of December. Sudarsan recalls the first exhibition of the institute “there were only two students and they were new, we organised the publicity with help of my local friends who prepared the banners and posters. Then they carved some magnificent arts on the sand, many of which were done by me alone just to show the visitors that we have many participants”. But all these pains were forgotten once the crowd started pouring in and the art form was appreciated by all. There was a huge tourist gathering also.In search of talents among children the institute organizes various programs including a sand castle competition among local and tourist children, painting competitions and cartoon competition. Besides it organizes some special exhibitions on the occasion of Dashara, New years etc. The Institute also performs demonstration exhibition of Sand sculptures every year during the occasion of Puri Beach Festival, and Pallishree Mela during the Car Festival (Ratha Yatra) of Lord Jagannatha.
Sudarsan Sand Art Institute the brain child of Mr. Pattnaik is able to produce a band of well trained Sand Sculptors within a short period. Even some of them master themselves in this unique art form. Most of our students are gained the experience of participating in international events.