Odisha sand artist auctions paintings to fund fight against COVID-19

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Odisha sand artist auctions paintings to fund fight against COVID-19
Bhubaneswar, Apr 13 () Internationally-acclaimedsand artist from Odisha, Sudarshan Pattnaik on Monday said hehas put on auction five of his sand art-on-canvas paintings toraise funds for the fight against novel coronavirus.

The amount raised from the auction will be donated tothe PM-Cares Fund and the Chief Minister's Relief Fund (CMRF),Odisha, Pattnaik told .

The artist has posted photographs of the paintings onTwitter.

He said three of the paintings, named 'Beauty on thestone', 'Our thought for the environment' and 'Sea king' arebased on his sand artworks in Germany.

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The other two paintings 'Sleeping beauty' and'Universal peace' are based on his artworks in Turkey andChina.

"As an artist, I thought of doing my part to standwith the nation. I have put on auction my sand art-on-canvaspaintings to raise funds to fight COVID-19. Those interestedcan DM (direct message) me on Twitter.

"So far, I have received many direct messages. I amwaiting for the best prices for the paintings," Pattnaik said.

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Honoured with several awards, Pattnaik has createdmany sand sculptures on issues of social importance.

He has also created sculptures on the fight againstCOVID-19 and the need to wear masks and maintain socialdistancing.

Pattnaik said he had planned to organise exhibitionsof 50 of his artworks in various cities in February and March.

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His plan had to be put on hold due to the coronavirusoutbreak. SKNACD ACD
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