Sudarsan Pattnaik Eminent Sand artist of Odisha is selected to receive Lord Baden Powell National Award 2017, to be presented in an event by President of India Pranab Mukherjee on 22 February 2017.
Lord Baden Powell National Award was introduced in the year 2007 and the selection is done by Scouts and Guides organization for personalities rendering exemplary service and also for those personalities who have contributed significantly for the development of the society.
Sudarsan has won many national and international awards for his creative designs and has recorded his name in the World records. He was Awarded Padma Shri in 2014.
He established “The Golden Sand Art Institute” which is first of its nature in India. His sculptures include environmental crisis, famous festivals, national integrity and religious tolerance.