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Art could inspire people to keep beaches clean: Patnaik
Prajakta Joshi | Monday, 20 March 2017 AT 11:39 PM IST
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Pune: Maharashtra has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and turning the beaches into hubs of art could inspire people to keep them clean, said renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik. He was speaking at the Foundation Day event of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on Monday.

Appreciating the love Puneites have for art, he added, “What Santiniketan is to the people in the eastern part of the country, Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) is to the people of Pune. This city is a hub of artists and art lovers and I am always overwhelmed every time I visit this wonderful city.” 

(PIC) Melody: The Brass Band of National Defence Academy (NDA) performs at FTII’s 57th Foundation day on Monday.

Making sculptures out of sand since the age of seven, Pattnaik has represented India in several sand sculpture championships and his artworks are often driven by the trending current issues.

“Nowadays, every hour, we come across a new current issue to deal with. I get invitations and offers from several organisations and people from all over the world to create artwork on a variety of subjects. However, my priority always remains the topics that inspire me to give a positive message to the public,”  said Pattnaik.

Speaking on the responsibility an artist needs to bear before representing sensitive issues through their art, Pattnaik said, “Already, there is so much negativity in the world. I don’t work on any controversial issue unless I carry out a thorough research on it. Every coin has two sides and artists should understand that what we represent creates an impact on people’s mind, so we should be careful.”

Clean beaches initiative

Pattnaik who is also the brand ambassador of Maharashtra Maritime Board appreciated the initiative by the Maharashtra government to save their beaches and added, “Other coastal States should also take up these kind of initiatives to save their beaches. I am extensively working to make people aware about keeping beaches clean. Our country has a wonderful coastline, but sadly, we don’t think twice before littering our beaches.”

Working with the board, Pattnaik is planning to teach sand art to the children living in the coastal villages, as only art can motivate them to ensure that their beaches remain clean and beautiful.

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