World AIDS Day: Sand Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik Creates A Powerful Sculpture

On World AIDS Day, Padma Shri Awardee Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sand sculpture at a beach in Puri. Scroll down to take a close look into his creation.

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December 1, 2020

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Scientists across the globe are working hard to formulate a vaccine for the on-going global pandemic, that is Coronavirus. Well, the Covid-19 pandemic is not one of the common crisis that the mankind keeps coming across. If we open the books of history, we will get to know that there are a handful of viruses and bacteria that had put the life of humans in danger. When first found, AIDS claimed many lives too. The virus, which is said to be first found in 1920, hasn’t found its vaccine till date.  In 1988, the World Health Organization designated the first day of the last month of the year to raise awareness about AIDS. Following the objective of the day, Sudarsan Pattnaik, a sand artist hailing from Oddisa, has created a sand sculpture.

Interestingly, Sudarsan Pattnaik took a step forward on the occasion of World AIDS Day and created a sand sculpture at a beach in Puri. The massive sand sculpture of the artist highlights a red ribbon, the universal symbol of global solidarity and shared responsibility in our fight against HIV. His sculpture also featured a couple sleeping while giving each other a hug. In the middle of the red-ribbon, we can see that Sudarsan has made a palm and the text on it read, “Stop AIDS”. As the video progresses, we can see that a bunch of people gathered to take a close look at Pattnaik’s artwork.

On the other hand, the World Health Organisation has chosen to focus on “Global solidarity, resilient HIV services” as the theme for World AIDS Day this year. This year’s theme is a reminder that people can achieve a thing, if they make a joint effort to deliver high-quality services for treatment and prevention of HIV, to the ones who are in need. Coming to its impact, according to a report by WHO, 38 million people were infected with HIV in 2018. The virus is transmitted through bodily fluids like blood, semen, vaginal and rectal fluids and breast milk and without treatment, a person with HIV develops AIDS.

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