Puri: As the deadly coronavirus has now spread in India, renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik on Wednesday created art to spread awareness about the virus on Odisha’s Puri beach. Through his art, Pattnaik has asked people to take proper precautions and not to panic in the situation. Also Read - Renowned Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik Becomes First Indian to Win Italian Golden Sand Art Award 2019

The picture shows a little girl wearing a mask and washing her hands. Also Read - Sand artist pays tribute to Pulwama terror attack victims

Sharing the picture on Twitter, he wrote, ”Take proper precautions, No need to Panic Pls Stay Calm, Be safe ! My SandArt on #Coronavirus #COVID19 at Puri beach in Odisha”.

Prior to this, he had created another sand art in February to express solidarity with China over the deadly virus.  The message on the sand art read as “Fight against Coronavirus, we stand with China”.

His art sculpture had gone viral, even drawing praise from Chinese Ambassador, Sun Weidong and the Director-General of World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Pattnaik, whose sand art has always fascinated Indians, uses his talent to create awareness about various social issues. He is famous for making beautiful and contemporarily relevant sand art about current issue and events around the world.

Last year, in November Pattnaik had been conferred the Italian Golden Sand Art Award 2019.  In 2014, Patnaik was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian Government.