Pattnaik and Dieberthas were declared winner in the doubles category for their sand sculpture of ‘Taj Mahal – Picture of Love’ at the first-ever World Cup of sand sculpting held in the Atlantic City.

The duo worked in the doubles category creating a sand sculpture of Taj Mahal with Shah Jahan and Mumtaz.

Twenty world renowned sand artists participated in this world cup. 37-year-old Pattnaik also won a prize in solo category which was People's Choice prize for creating sand sculpture of Save tree, Save Future.

"I am very delighted to win another honour in double's category with my partner Mathews," he said.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated the artist and lauded his efforts.

“He has won many prizes internationally for his magical art and creativity. With this success, he has been able to get recognition for Odisha's art and culture throughout the world. I wish him good luck to achieve more success in future,” he said on Monday.

Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram in a separate statement said Sudarsan was the first Indian to win prizes at the World Cup of sand sculpting.

"It is with great joy and pride I extend my congratulations to him. We are proud of his achievement," he said.

Pattnaik, a native of the beach town of Puri, about 55 km from Bhubaneswar, was the lone participant from India during the competition held in Atlantic City from June 15 to 29.

Pattnaik, who is a recipient of the Padma Shri award, has participated in over 50 international sand sculpture championships and festivals.


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