Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created a piece of sand art, remembering the martyrs of the Kargil war on the 17th anniversary of the day when Indian soldiers took back the land lost to Pakistani intruders. The renowned artist has created and recreated hundreds of pieces, often immortalising specific events in world history.
Earlier this month, Pattnaik had his name inked in the Limca book ofworld records after building a hundred sand raths on the occasion of Rath Yatra on the shores of the Bay of Bengal in Puri. A week later Pattnaik was mugged by a group of goons during the bahuda yatra in Puri. Barely a couple of weeks after the attacks Pattnaik has come up with another masterpiece, saluting the brave souls who sacrificed their lives during the sixty days of battle that reached a finale on the 26 July 1999.
The war was a messy affair for both the governments concerned and created controversies for years, involving unreturned bodies of Indian soldiers and backchanneling between prime ministers from both the countries. Later the Bofors scam and the Adarsh housing scandals overshadowed others and remained as the centrepiece in the controversy.
Nevertheless, the brave men fighting for the country are honoured to this day and Sudarsan Pattnaik’s art serves as a reminder of the lives that were lost in the long standing tussle between the two nations and honours their service.