Internationally-acclaimedsand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has been selected for the prestigious ItalianGolden Sand Art Award 2019.
He will be honoured during theInternational Scorrana Sand Nativity in Italy scheduled to be held fromNovember 13 to 18.
Pattnaiksaid that he will also represent India in International scorrana sand Nativity.As many as eight sculptors will participate in this festival, as per reports.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated the sand artist for his achievement.
The Chief Minister in a Tweet said, "Congratulations to eminent sand artist Padma Sri @sudarsansand on being selected for the prestigious Italian Golden Sand Art Award 2019. His flair with sand continues to make #Odisha proud across the world and serves as a beautiful tribute to the state's rich artistic culture."
SudarsanPattnaik said he has received a letter from the president of "PromuoviScorrona" Vito Maraschio informing him about his selection for the award.
"Iam very glad to know that I am selected for this award. I feel very honoured tobe part of this festival," he said.