Dreaming With Sand

” The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.”

~Pablo Picasso

An artist; may be a film star, a painter, a sculpture or musician, he is always very possessive for his creation and keeping it preserved. Artist may die but the art remains forever. Playing with the susceptible sand and bringing out some sparkly creation which the whole universe accolades is something one can rarely dream of.

I remember few years back when i was in IIMC as a journalism student, once i had got a chance to see him creating something spectacular live and had interviewed him for our in-house publication. I asked him a very particular question and his answer simply made me speech less. To my question that “Playing with the wind-swept is something that your creation doesn’t lasts long and get washed away, whether it’s disappointing or demotivating ” his answer was very promising. He said, after every creation being washed away he gets inspiration for a new. Though he keeps the photograph of every work but the very next work gives him equal pleasure and belongingness.

He is the man of Sand from the holy city Puri, who had the daring of dreaming with the sand. The recent docufiction released and made by Bhubaneswar based young promising film maker Raj Sampad has shown a different story altogether. Yes, Padma Shri Sudarsan Pattnaik, the sand artist of International repute, dared to dream of something which is multi hued and uncertain in nature.

Raj Sampad and Sudarsan Patnaik during the shoot in Puri Beach
Raj Sampad and Sudarsan Patnaik during the shoot in Puri Beach, Photograph by : Soumya Mahapatra

Not having basic amenities for better education and to explore the creativity inside him made his path to create something with the sands which was abundant at the sea-shore which was ultimately his playground during his childhood. The shot film of 9:31 second has recited the every pain he has gone through on his way to become world-famous. Starting from working as a domestic worker to own a beetle shop for living, his sufferings and dedication thereafter has been very positively reflected in the movie “Dreaming with the Sand”.

The whirling life cycle of Sudarshan has been inspiring and the docufiction has beautifully captured the same. Like the pliable sands Sudarshan’s gritty dedication has now being carved as one of the ace sand artist of the world which has made our country proud.

Sudarshan has narrated his own story in the film and the film is being shot on the golden sands of Puri with 2 more actors who have acted as Sudarshan as a child and as a young guy. Both the actors other than Sudarshan have done justice to the docufiction and the cinematography of Raj Sampad is spell-bound which has captured the real mood of the artist and the story looks live.


Incendiary Films presents a docufiction based on the true story of the most well-known sand artist from India, Padma Shri Sudarsan Pattnaik. From being in a rough financial predicament where young Sudarsan’s schooling was clipped to being one of the most influential sand artists on the planet.

Directed by: Raj Sampad
Narration: Sudarsan Pattnaik
SFX/Audio Engineers: Arnav Pati & Bivash Rath
Still Photographer: Soumya Mohapatra






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