Bhubaneswar : Orissa-based sand artist Sudarsan Patnaik has been selected to participate in the Berlin International Sand Sculpture Championship this year for the fourth time in a row.
"I received the invitation today from Marteen Tullinus, the director of the Berlin sand sculpture championship committee, the organiser of the event," Patnaik told IANS Tuesday over phone from his hometown of Puri, 56 km from here.
"The competition-cum-festival will be held June 14-21. This is the fourth time I am attending this annual event which started five years ago," he said.
Patnaik, 30, has won various awards in all Berlin fest he participated in. "In 2005, my sculpture on world peace showing Mahatma Gandhi with three monkeys was adjudged the winner," he said.
"I am the only artist representing India in this event. Artists from about 10 countries including Holland, Italy, Russia, Denmark, Ukren, Bulgaria and Germany participate in this event," he said.
Patnaik, who has participated in more than 32 international sand sculpture competitions, runs an art school, called Golden Sand Art Institute, in his hometown.