Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 17:
Odisha’s internationally acclaimed sand artist and Padmashree awardee Sudarsan Pattnaik has won the hearts of the international film glitterati at the ongoing 67th Cannes International Film Festival with his stunning sand sculptures of the legendary film maker Satyajit Ray and a 6-feet-high Taj Mahal on the Cannes beach, a release from Cannes said.
The master sand sculptor Patnaik, assisted by his student Bulu Mohanti, has created a portrait of Satyajit Ray, decorated with the image of movie reel, at Beach Zamenhof in Cannes on Friday to pay his tributes to the celebrated master of Indian cinema.
Patnaik was invited by the Indian Embassy in France to display his sand art during the festival.
Film maker Ramesh Sippy and actor Kamal Hasan were among the many eminent personalities present during the event which was formally inaugurated by the Indian ambassador to France Arun K Singh.
The Padmashree awardee has also created a 6-foot-high Taj Mahal to highlight the tourist potential of the ‘Incredible India’.
The event was supported by India Tourism Paris and Air India.