Mahatma Gandhi 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.

Highlights

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.

November 12: Public Service Broadcasting Day

Every year 12 November is celebrated as Public Service Broadcasting Day to commemorate the first and only last live visit of Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, to the studio of All India Radio, Delhi in 1947. He addressed the displaced people from AIR studio, who had temporarily settled at Kurukshetra in Haryana after partition.

Public Service Broadcasting Day

The day was declared as Public Service Broadcasting Day or (Jan Prasaran Diwas) in 2000, after it was conceptualised by Suhas Borker, Convenor, Jan Prasar.

Prasar Bharati has been given the responsibility of public service broadcasting, deepen democratic traditions and provide opportunities to all diverse communities and cultures.

On 12 November 1947, Gandhi had decided to visit the studio of All India Radio, to convey his message through radio, as he couldn’t visit refugees of Partition stationed at Kurukshetra in Haryana.

Public Service Broadcasting Day 2019: To mark the occasion a function will be organized at the premises of All India Radio in New Delhi.The words, which were spoken by Gandhi on that day, became a treasure and a snippet of the speech is played every year on November 12.