Bhubaneswar: State culture minister Jyotiprakash Panigrahi Wednesday felicitated sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik on his winning of ‘People’s Choice Award’ in the Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival-2019, Boston, Massachusetts.

Pattnaik had made his sculpture on the theme of ‘Stop Plastic Pollution: Save our Ocean’.

“It is a big award for me. Top 15 sand artists from 8 countries like USA, Canada, Belgium, Russia, Holland, France and others had participated in the festival. Lakhs of people have visited the festival. As ‘People’s Choice Award’ is by the people, those who have voted me, they have ultimately voted for the theme”, said the internationally reputed and Padma Shree awardee sand artist.

The culture director,Bijoy Kumar Nayak, splecial secretary Dr. Ramakrushna Sahoo and joint secretary Manaswini Sahoo also felicitated the artist.