Odisha CM launches country’s first Sand Art coffee-table book

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday
released coffee table book on sand art and sand sculpture titled ‘Imaginations
in sand.’
The book which is the
first coffee table book on sand art in India has been published by
internationally acclaimed sand art maestro Padma Shri Sudarsan Patnaik and is a
rare composition of photographs and scribbles showcasing various expressions
and experimentations in the ancient form of sand art of Sudarsan over the
Among other dignitaries Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok
Chandra Panda and his department Secretary Arvind Padhee and several eminent
personalities were present on the occasion.
On the occasion Sudarsan donated 50 percent of the entire
sale of the book on the inaugural day to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for
flood victims.
The unique coffee table book ‘Imaginations in sand’ has 11
broad categories comprising photographs and scribbles on master pieces of Sand
art and sculpture by Sudarsan on several contemporary themes and issues over
the years.

The categories are namely ‘Where Gold is Green & Blue’,
‘Sand for Social Causes’, ‘A World without borders’, ‘Saluting Talent’,
‘Emblazoned in the sands of times’, ‘Contours of Power’, ‘Sporting with Sand,’ ‘
A tribute to ‘Nirbhaya’’, ‘An artistic journey beyond sand’, ‘The Art of
Narration’ and ‘Celebrating life’. All these broad categories feature the
pictures and scribbles of some of the finest art marvels of the great artists
made in sand in several countries across the world. The book features elegant
sand sculptures covering a wide array of prominent contemporary issues,
personalities and topics ranging from Global warming to making the largest
Santa Claus in sands to paying tributes to talents like Michel Jackson, Ustad
Bismillah Khan to congratulating sports achievers like master blaster Sachin
Tendulkar, bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, as well as heads of states like
President Obama and President Pranab Mukherjee. 

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