Art Current Affairs - 2019

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Sand Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik-The first Indian to win Italian Golden Sand Art Award

Sudarsan Pattnaik becomes the first Indian to win the Italian Golden Sand Art Award, 2019. He was felicitated at the International Scorrna Sand Nativity Fete in Italy.


Mr Pattnaik created a 10-foot-high sand sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi along with Russian artist Pavel Minilkov. Around 8 sculptors from different countries participated in the event.

Sudarsan Pattnaik

Sudarsan Pattnaik was born in 1977 in Puri District of Odisha. He was born in a poor family. The Coastal sea paved way for him to become a sand artist though he wanted to contribute in shaping the field of education.

Sudarsan has participated in more than 60 international sand art festivals. He has so far won 27 championship prizes. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian Government in 2014.

Prizes and Awards

  • He won the People’s Choice Prize in Bulgaria in 2016
  • In 2013, he won the International Sand Sculpture Competition in Russia
  • He also won the International Sand Competition Competition, Denmark
  • In 2008, he won the World Champion Title at USF World Sand Sculpture Championship. Berlin.
  • He has created records of winning the People’s Choice Award, Germany 5 times.

DD, CCTV sign an agreement for exchange of art, culture programmes

Doordarshan and China Central Television (CCTV) have signed an agreement for exchange of art, culture and development television programmes.

The agreement was signed between both parties during the first leg of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three nation visit to China, Mongolia and South Korea.

On behalf of India Doordarshan, CEO of Prasar Bharathi signed the agreement in Beijing.

This agreement enables both Doordarshn and CCTV to share programmes on their networks free of cost.

Under the agreement Doordarshan will provide programmes pertaining to art, culture and tourism. While, CCTV in turn will exchange human interest, development programmes and success stories.

The exchange of programmes will begin by the end 2015 and both networks will also take up co-production works for this initiative. Thus by sharing of television programmes will enable people of both countries to come closer and understand each other’s culture deeply.