The 15-foot-high ‘sand sculpture’ created by well-known artist Sudarshan Patnaik was the centre of attraction at the 3-day ‘Bhoomitaayi Art Festival’ organised by Vagdevi Vilas Educational Institutions. The ‘Bhoomitaai’ sand sculpture, which has been erected in a school, drew the attention of thousands of students from more than 120 schools towards the environment.
The ‘sand sculpture’ depicts environment degradation, rising temperature, depletion of groundwater and deforestation and artist Sudarshan Patanaik has very creatively depicted the sufferings of ‘Mother Earth’ through his unique creation. The Vagdevi Art Festival-2012 was inaugurated by environmentalist AM Yellappa Reddy.
Speaking on the occasion, he said, “Today’s generation of students are more inclined towards technology. Hence issues on environment, water and air are being neglected.
The ‘Bhoomitaayi’ sand sculpture erected here is gigantic both in terms of its size and message. This sculpture has been created at the right moment to inspire students to take a vow regarding environment protection.”
More than 2000 students will participate in the Vagdevi Art Festival where there will be competitions in more than 25 art forms.
Students will express their feelings through various art forms like music, art, dance, theatre, recitation, essay, poetry writing, quiz, rangoli, light music, photography etc. The students will get an opportunity to present solutions on a variety of environmental issues. Students are participating actively with a firm belief that if environment degradation is not arrested, it will spell the end to mankind. Environment expert Harish Bhat, artiste Sudarshan Patnaik and president of Vagdevi Educational Institution, K Harish were present at the event.