New Delhi: Internationally acclaimed sand artist and Padma Awardee, Sudarsan Pattnaik on Tuesday created a sand sculpture at Puri beach in Odisha to commemorate the concluding ceremony of the Champaran Satyagraha in Bihar to spread awareness about the Swachh India movement. With messages like Chalo Champaran, Satyagraha Se Swachhagraha, Clean India and Use Toilet, Sudarsan Pattnaik lent his support to the movement that aims to make India completely clean and open defecation free by October 2019.
Sharing the art glimpses with the netizens, Sudarsan Pattnaik said,
My SandArt with message #ChaloChamparan #SatyagrahaSeSwachhagraha for #SwachhBharat. I appeal all to join the pathbreaking initiative.
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) April 10, 2018
Thanking Sudarsan Pattnaik’s for showing support for the campaign, Secretary Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation Param Iyer said,
A big thank you to Sudarsan Pattnaik for the brilliant #SwachhBharat #ChaloChamparan sand art. Satyagraha to Swachhagraha is the theme today at Champaran.
— Param Iyer (@paramiyer_) April 9, 2018
This is not the first time Sudarshan Pattnaik has created sand art for the government’s biggest mission – the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The artist is well-known for creating series of detailed sand sculptures with messages related to hygiene, sanitation and environmental causes like ‘Say No To Open Defecation Free’, Clean India, ‘Say No To Plastic’, ‘Stop Littering’ and ‘Save Our Oceans’, to name a few.
The Chalo Chamaparan campaign came to an end today with Prime Minister Narendra Modi honouring 20,000 swachhagrahis and praising the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan for altering the landscape of rural sanitation in India. Addressing and saluting the spirit of swachhagrahis across India, PM Modi in his speech at the Chalo Champaran event in Bihar said,
I salute the spirit of each one of you, who are today working towards fulfilling Mahatama Gandhi’s dream of a clean country. This swachhta mission is the biggest jan andolan anyone has seen. The way our country is progressing through Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, it can be a good case study for the world.
The Chalo Champaran campaign was supported by 20,000 Swachhagrahis from across India and together they came together in Champaran, Bihar to be part of Swachh Satyagraha with an aim to make India free from open defecation, diseases and garbage by October 2, 2019.