Sudarsan Pattnaik, noted sand artist got Young Indian leader award
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Orissa born noted sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik is India’s world champion when it comes to making sculptures from sand. Sudarsan utilized the sand available at the local beach to give shape to his artistic skills. He got the Young Indian leader award on Monday by CNN IBN at New delhi. Including Pattnaik eight young achiver were awarded for their unique initiatives like Chhabi Rajawat, Akhil Gogoi, Aga Ruhullah, Krushnna Patil, Udaya Kumar, Indrani Medhi, Irfan Alam in this ceremony.
Sudarsan receive this award from the chairman of UIDAI, Nandan Nilekani who was the chief guest of the event. 33 year Sudarsan started this unique art form from the age of 10 and has represented India in more than 42 countries by participating sand sculpture competitions and won many prizes for our country.
‘Young Indian Leaders’, a Network18 initiative presented by IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd. felicitated 8 such revolutionary Indian leaders who symbolize optimism of the country which has the largest youth population in the world.
The young people now are very confident and aspirational. I truly believe in their capabilities,” Nilekani said while giving away the ‘Young Indian Leaders’ award to the eight individuals which was brought out by the Network 18 media
A Network18 initiative adheres to a unique inclusive process of selection. The general public nominated their favourite Young Indian Leaders from various walks of life. The Network18 Editorial Board drawn from the editorial masterminds of CNN-IBN, IBN7, IBN-Lokmat, then went though the nominations, shortlisted them, and then arrived at the Winners after many levels of scrutiny, verification and deliberation. The awards are a salute to the nation’s future leaders.