Sudarsan Patnaik says that people gather round to watch him create sand sculptures on the beach at Puri. Encouraged by the interest of passers-by, Pattnaik would go to the beach everyday for three hours each in the morning and evening.
Sudarsan Patnaik has since won prizes at international sand sculpture festivals around the world.
Sudarsan Patnaik's works are mostly based on current world issues, ranging from climate change to world peace.
“For last two years, everywhere I heard about the issues of global warming and climate change, so I started working on these issues,” he said.
Sudarsan Patnaik has produced several sand sculptures of US President Barack Obama. On November 2, 2008, he made a sand sculpture of US presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama.
On November 5, 2008, Sudarsan Patnaik created a sand sculpture congratulating President-elect Obama on his election victory.