February 11, 2017

Odisha Channel Bureau
PURI: Odisha’s renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created Guinness World record with world’s tallest sand castle which is 48 ft 8 inch (14.84 mt) high sand castle at Puri beach. Sudarsan broke the record of 45ft. 10 inch sand castle which was created in USA.

After verifying all the criteria of the sand castle, today official authority from Guinness World record Swapnil Dangarikar presented a certificate to Sudarsan as “The tallest sand castle was created by Sudarsan Pattnaik”.
Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi inaugurated the castle and Additional Chief Secretary R. Balakrishnnan, Puri District Collector Arabind Agrawal and Director Tourism Nitin Bhanudas Jawale were present on the occasion.

Sudarsan and his forty-five students took about 9 days to prepare this sculpture – four days for preparation and five days for carving the castle.

He created this sculpture with theme of World Peace. After taking permission from Guinness World record, Sudarsan started the preparation from 2st Feb and as per the schedule he finished on Friday.

“We are happy after breaking the previous Guinness world record. This achievement will encourage me to touch new milestones,” said Sudarsan

The previous Guinness record was reserved in the name of American artist Ted Siebert, who had built a 13.97 metre high (45 ft) sand castle at Miami beach in 2015.

“It is a proud moment for the country as Sudarsan broke the previous record by building a 14.84 metre high (48.8 ft) castle in Puri. We will exhibit the art on the beach for two more days to attract tourists,” Jawale said.

Sudarsan has participated in more than 50 international sand art championships and festivals around the world and won many prizes for India.

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