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Santa Claus In Different Forms On Puri Sea-Beach For Christmas

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24 December 2017


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Puri: Its Christmas and New Year time and the Golden sea beach of Bay of Bengal in the pilgrim town is studded with breathtaking sand sculptures.

Acclaimed sand artist, Manas Sahoo has come up with a sculpture which depicts the arrival of Santa Claus to Puri. The sand figure of Santa is on its sledge, showering gifts on children.

In a couple of other arts, Sahoo tries to spread messages on women power and world peace. The sand sculptures of Sahoo’s park consist of 10 feet to 15 feet structures which took the artists nearly 60 hours to complete. Sahoo’s team used 100 tonnes of sand in the process.

Similarly, internationally renowned sand artist, Sudarsan Pattnaik has sculpted the biggest sand ‘Santa-face’ which measures 25 ft high and 50 ft wide.

A team of 40 budding talents from Patnaik’s sand art institute took three days to complete the structure. “Sand art of Odisha has managed to cross oceans and land at all corners of the globe. That has been our objective, to popularise the art,” Pattnaik said.

The art forms will be on display till January. Pattnaik who holds 23 world records for his exceptional sand sculptures, said, the Santa-face will also be a record in terms of size.

He has also created a sand sculpture of Jesus Christ in front of the Santa face. Pattnaik used about 600 tonnes of normal and coloured sand for making the sculptures.

Patnaik had built a 45-feet-high Santa Claus during Christmas in 2015. Along with 20 students, he created the sand art in 22 hours with the message of ‘World Peace’, to find a place in Limca Book of Records.

Meanwhile, churches in Twin City of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack are brightly decked up for the Christmas celebration. Illuminated with sparkling lights, enchanting humming of carols the holy premises is worth catching a glimpse.

The bakeries in the town have lip-smacking delicacies on their menu including pastries and cakes which are most popular among the youths. The general public from all communities, especially children are desperately awaiting for the descent of Santa Claus with special gifts.

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Manas Sahoo, Sand Artist

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Sudarsan Pattnaik, Sand Artist

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