International sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik is protesting through his art to save the dirty Bankimuhan sea beach in Puri, Odisha from pollution. In a tweet today, the famous artists said he is sitting on a dharna at the beach and protesting through his art to save the beach from pollution. He also shared images of the heavily polluted beach, which evoked supporting reactions from Twitterati.
“I am protesting (sitting on dharna) through my art against beach pollution at Bankimuhan,” he tweeted along with the images. Last year, Sudarsan had tweeted to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik to draw his attention towards the need to clean the beach. However, despite CM’s reported direction, the condition of the beach has not improved.
Last month also, Sudarsan had created a sand art to show the poor state of Bankimuhan beach. Sudarsan had then warned that he would sit on a dharna if the authorities failed to clean the beach. “Requesting the government to clear its stand on pollution near Bankimuhan at Puri, otherwise, I will sit on dharna on the beach,” he had tweeted.
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) July 11, 2017
Sudarsan is associated with Puri beach since childhood. His journey as a sand artist started from here. Sudarsan’s regular sand arts on topical issues is appreciated across the world and also attract a lot of tourist attention on the Puri beach.
Sudarshan’s tweet on Monday evoked responses from Twitterati as hundreds of people not only commented but many others, including BJD MP Baijyant Panda, retweeted it. The sand artist is sitting on a dharna with a few people one. He needs support to save the Puri beach.
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) June 12, 2017
Puri is the hometown of Lord Jagannath, who is revered by people across India. It is also one of the most important sites on Hindu pilgrims’ annual calendar. The town is also famous for annual Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra. The Puri Beach and Jagannath Temple are visited by thousands of people daily.