Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday congratulated Sudarsan Pattnaik for registering his name in the Guinness Book of Records by creating world’s tallest sandcastle at Puri sea beach on February 10.
Odisha-born sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik met PM Modi in New Delhi and presented the latter a photograph of the staggering 14.84 metres (48 ft. 8 inches) tall sandcastle which he had created.
Sudarsan and his 45 students had taken nine days to carve the sandcastle. By creating this, Pattnaik had broken the previous world record of the tallest sandcastle, which was 13.97 m (45 ft 10.25 in) tall created by Ted Siebert (USA) in Virginia Key Beach, Miami, Florida, USA, on 27 October 2015.
The sculpture was made entirely by hand while machines were used during previous record attempts across the world.
“It’s such a proud privilege to meet and present my @GWR of World’s tallest sand castle to Hon @pmoindia @narendramodi Sir today,” Sudarsan Pattnaik tweeted. “Internationally renowned sand artist, @sudarsansand met the Prime Minister,” PMO India also tweeted.