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World Water Day 2021: Sand Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik Asks To ‘Catch The Rain’ For The Future

World Water Day 2021: Padma Shree awardee and sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sculpture promoting government’s ‘catch the rain’ campaign and urging people to practise rainwater harvesting

World Water Day 2021 Sand Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik Asks To ‘Catch The Rain’ For The Future
Highlights
  • The theme for World Water Day 2021 is valuing water
  • With his sand art, Mr Pattnaik is asking people to harvest rainwater
  • PM Modi too launched ‘catch the rain’ campaign promoting water conservation

New Delhi: On World Water Day, celebrated across the world on March 22 to make people aware about the need to preserve and conserve water, Padma Shree awardee and sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sculpture promoting rainwater harvesting and ‘valuing water’ which is also the theme for this year. The sand art features a pair of hands holding a drop of water. The text on the drop says, ‘catch the rain’ which essentially means harvesting rainwater and using it for multiple purposes like cleaning, washing, gardening, among others.

Also Read: World Water Day 2021: PM Modi Launches ‘Catch The Rain’ Campaign, Calls For Water Conservation

The concept of the sand art is in line with the ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain’ campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in the day. The campaign intends to nudge all stakeholders to create rainwater harvesting structures suitable to the climatic conditions and subsoil strata, to ensure proper storage of rainwater, states the official statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.

Motivated by the central government’s campaign, Mr Pattnaik created the sand art and showed his support. In a conversation with NDTV, Mr Pattnaik shared details of his latest sand art and said,

I believe ‘catch the rain’ campaign is a laudable move and we all should work together towards harvesting rainwater.

Mr Pattnaik informed that it took him four hours to put the piece together and through his artwork, he is trying to give one basic yet pivotal message, ‘Jal Hi Jeevan Hai’ (water is life). He added,

There was a time when we would walk miles to fetch a bucket of water. Now that we get water by turning on the tap, we should value it.

Also Read: This World Water Day, Let’s Take The Pledge To Value The Precious Resource: Five Things To Know About The Day

The 10 feet wide and 5 feet tall sand art is accompanied with a message ‘our water our future’. During the launch of the ‘catch the rain’ campaign, PM Modi also talked about conserving water for our future generations.

PM Modi said that our forefathers have given us water resources and it is our responsibility to provide water to our future generations. Thus, we must take a pledge to save water and not waste it. We have to ensure a pious bond with water, he added.

Stressing on rainwater harvesting, PM Modi said,

The better India manages rainwater, the lesser will be the country’s dependence on groundwater. Therefore, it is important to run campaigns like ‘Catch the Rain’ and make them successful. Monsoon is still a few weeks away and now is the time to prepare for rainwater harvesting.

Also Read: On World Water Day, Ministers And Politicians Urge Netizens To Conserve Every Drop Of The Precious Resource – Water

Further talking about his art and the message it sends across, Mr Pattanaik said,

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance and need for water more than ever. We need to make judicious use of water and conserve for our future.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends hand hygiene (washing hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitisers) as an extremely important measure to prevent the transmission of the novel coronavirus. To ensure good hand hygiene, availability of both water and soap is needed. In the recent analysis done by Delhi-based think tank Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), around 20-40 litres of water is used in this new normal, everyday, with the assumption that every person cleans their hands at least 10 times a day, instead of a usual average of five times a day.

Also Read: Here Is How Vijaylakshmi, Somarathi, And Many Others Are Helping People In Their Communities Get Access To Clean Drinking Water

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

26,10,35,501Cases
22,18,42,204Active
3,39,98,278Recovered
51,95,019Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,10,35,501 and 51,95,019 have died; 22,18,42,204 are active cases and 3,39,98,278 have recovered as on November 28, 2021 at 3:39 am.

India

3,45,72,523 8,774Cases
1,05,6911,328Active
3,39,98,278 9,481Recovered
4,68,554 621Deaths
In India, there are 3,45,72,523 confirmed cases including 4,68,554 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,05,691 and 3,39,98,278 have recovered as on November 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,33,612 507

11,905 248

64,80,799 738

1,40,908 17

Kerala

51,29,359 4,741

49,152 957

50,40,528 5,144

39,679 554

Karnataka

29,95,285 322

6,783 143

29,50,306 176

38,196 3

Tamil Nadu

27,24,731 740

8,382 36

26,79,895 765

36,454 11

Andhra Pradesh

20,72,446 248

2,158 5

20,55,856 253

14,432

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,373 5

86 5

16,87,377 9

22,910 1

West Bengal

16,14,152 701

7,820 27

15,86,882 717

19,450 11

Delhi

14,40,834 27

290 11

14,15,448 37

25,096 1

Odisha

10,48,492 264

2,222 6

10,37,864 255

8,406 3

Chhattisgarh

10,06,733 27

326 7

9,92,814 20

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,741 26

187 13

9,45,599 13

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,382 28

291 17

8,16,999 45

10,092

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,120 23

112 9

7,82,480 14

10,528

Haryana

7,71,654 11

159 1

7,61,441 10

10,054

Bihar

7,26,212 3

39 6

7,16,510 9

9,663

Telangana

6,75,479 160

3,545 11

6,67,946 148

3,988 1

Assam

6,16,435 123

2,720 71

6,07,624 189

6,091 5

Punjab

6,03,190 17

313 22

5,86,284 39

16,593

Jharkhand

3,49,216 20

109 0

3,43,967 20

5,140

Uttarakhand

3,44,183 14

150 6

3,36,626 8

7,407

Jammu And Kashmir

3,36,386 149

1,724 5

3,30,189 141

4,473 3

Himachal Pradesh

2,26,941 82

809 18

2,22,287 97

3,845 3

Goa

1,78,839 40

275 9

1,75,183 31

3,381

Mizoram

1,34,279 358

4,117 110

1,29,672 466

490 2

Puducherry

1,28,860 35

326 5

1,26,662 30

1,872

Manipur

1,25,117 19

673 1

1,22,474 18

1,970 2

Tripura

84,784 13

89 9

83,874 3

821 1

Meghalaya

84,414 20

308 27

82,635 44

1,471 3

Chandigarh

65,443 5

52 4

64,571 1

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,269 9

37 4

54,952 5

280

Sikkim

32,211 4

114 5

31,694 9

403

Nagaland

32,100 4

135 1

31,269 5

696

Ladakh

21,494 27

249 6

21,032 21

213

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

1 0

10,678

4

Lakshadweep

10,394

28 1

10,315 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,680 2

5 2

7,546

129

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