Puri: Internationally acclaimed Odisha sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik was hospitalized here today after he got himself injured while shaking hands with his fans during the ongoing Konark festival.
According to reports, the famed sand artist got his right hand injured while one from the crowd dragged him by his arm while he was posing for selfies with his fans.
Soon after he complained pain in his hand, Pattnaik was rushed to the District Headquarters Hospital of Puri.
The popular dance festival opened near the world famous Sun Temple of Konark on December 1. Coinciding with the dance extravaganza, an International Sand Art Festival also opened at Chandrabhaga beach in Konark.
Pattnaik is the brand ambassador of the sand art festival.