Indian artist crafts tribute in sand to Obama

November 5th, 2008 - 3:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaPuri (Orissa), Nov 5 (IANS) As the United States Wednesday elected Barack Obama as its 44th president, across the seas in India’s eastern Orissa state artist Sudarsan Patnaik busied himself crafting a four feet sand image of the first African American in the White House. Patnaik used three tonnes of sand to pay tribute to Obama in Puri, 56 km from the state capital Bhubaneswar. He also created a colourful image of the US national flag with the message, ‘Congratulations’.

Hundreds of tourists thronged the beach to see the sand sculpture by Patnaik and his students.

Patnaik has participated in over 37 international sand sculpture championships across the globe and won many awards.

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