Sudarsan Pattnaik is an award-winning sand artist from Puri, Odisha (India). Born in 1977, he had a difficult childhood. But destiny had something else in mind. Today, Sudarsan is a world-renowned sand artist. He has represented India in over 50 international competitions and won several awards. He has also bagged various national awards too; but the most cherished is the Padma Shri that he received in 2014. He also holds the Guinness Record (2017) for building the tallest sand castle at 48 feet.