Bhubaneswar: Sudarshan Pattnaik, the renowned sand artist was admitted to hospital on Sunday evening after he suffered an injury at the venue of ongoing International Sand Art Festival. Pattnaik was injured after an unidentified youth tried to snatch his wrist watch at the Art Festival in Puri district of Odisha.

Talking to leading daily Times of India, Pattnaik narrated his ordeal and said,”The youth caught hold of my arm during a handshake and tried to snatch my wrist watch. When I tried to resist, he attacked me and disappeared into the crowd.”

“I could not find the youth. Even my students and friends tried to catch him, but all efforts failed,” he added.

Pattnaik is the brand ambassador of the five-day long International Sand Art Festival, organised  by Odisha government’s tourism department near the famous Sun Temple in Konark.

The International Sand Art Festival has 35 stalls with reputed international and national artistes. Women sand artistes and differently-abled sand artistes are also participating in the festival, coordinated by Patnaik. Odisha tourism has been organising this festival for last four years.