ARTIST SPEAK

Peek into the artis­tic world of renowned sand artist Manas Ku­mar Sa­hoo

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Asand artist gath­ers just a few hand­fuls of sand from the beach and goes on telling sev­eral sto­ries through artis­tic fig­ures drawn with it. Some­times, he carves out fig­ures in a sand pile, and it be­comes a sand sculp­ture, and an­other time, when his naked fin­ger glides on sand sprin­kled on a glass topped ta­ble, the series of art work be­comes sand an­i­ma­tion. Artist Manas Ku­mar Sa­hoo, who be­ing an ex­pert in both the forms of art, is cer­tainly wor­thy of the ti­tle ‘the mer­chant of sand’ con­ferred on him. Manas is a pi­o­neer in the field of sand an­i­ma­tion, and an envy of many al­ready estab­lished sand artists across In­dia. He is lit­er­ally the first sand artist to in­tro­duce sand an­i­ma­tion to the In­dian au­di­ence. Manas says, “When I was a child I en­joyed go­ing to the Puri beach with my father. It was there that I came across the art­works on sand for the first time. It was awe­some, and is still fresh in my mind. The beauty and ex­cel­lence of those fig­ures on sand in­spired me to learn it.” Manas has ex­hib­ited his ex­per­tise on sand art both in In­dia and abroad. His fig­ures are ba­si­cally built with themes that aim at cre­at­ing pub­lic aware­ness against the ex­ist­ing

so­cial evils.

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