Puri, Feb 24 (ANI): Sculptures of Oscar trophies appeared on the wide expanse of Puri beach in Orissa, drawing many curious onlookers.
Created by renowned sand artiste Sudarshan Patnaik, the Oscar trophies were Patnaik's way of expressing his happiness and congratulating the team ofSlumdog Millionaire' on clinching eight awards at the coveted event held in Los Angeles.
'Slumdog Millionaire' scooped up eight early Oscar awards including best movie, best adapted screenplay, best song and best original score.
"It is a great honour for our country that it has won so many awards at the Oscars, for the first time. So, we have created eight trophies in sand to commemorate the Oscar win," said Patnaik.
Hailing India's high at the Oscars, Zandr, a tourist said that the sculptures gave shape to the joy of Indians at Slumdog Millionaires' win at the Oscars.
"This gives a shape to the joy of the Indian soul after winning so many Oscars. Winning of the Oscars is unprecedented and these beautiful sculptures equally unprecedented," said Zandr.
Though directed by a British filmmaker, "Slumdog Millionaire" has a mostly Indian cast.
The movie has already won several awards at the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild, and the British BAFTA awards.
'Slumdog Millionaire' has also generated controversy in India, where some people find its name, and depiction of poverty, insulting. (ANI)