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Youth projects ideas through sand art

Balasore, May 18: Pabitra Patra, a youngster from tribal-dominated Nilgiri block of the district, has been winning accolades from art lovers and critics for the last two years. A student in visual art, Pabitra has picked up the unusual medium of sand to convey his ideas.

Most of his creations carry message on social issues such as AIDS, gender bias, climate change and elephant poaching. Inspired by internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik, Pabitra started creating sand art a couple of years ago.

“Although I haven’t received any formal training in this art form, I was truly inspired by Sudarshan Patnaik. His works and artistic skills motivated me and I started following his footsteps. I want to shine in the field like him,” Patra said, adding that he is in constant search of better opportunities and training facilities and would definitely avail them.

On August 15, 2009, he made his debut in sand art with the theme of independence. Since then he has never stopped in his artistic pursuit.

“Since childhood I had a creative inclination to express myself through sand. The first sand art I created was on the shadow of my father. He was standing in the sun and as the shadow fell behind him, I made the artwork. Although my family members refrained me from creating further artworks from the shadow of a living person, they appreciated my work,” said Patra.

Pabitra, who is pursuing a degree course in visual art at Kala Kshetra, a local art college here, has earned praises from many people.

“His creations are meaningful and appealing as they carry a message. We see him maturing into a very good sand artist,” said Binod Beheri Panda, headmaster of Ratnakar High School, Nilgiri.

“During my long association with him, I could see his hidden talent. He has the ability to project things perfectly,” said Malay Mahanna, one of his artist colleagues.

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