Bhubaneswar: Internationally renowned sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik created a sand art on Puri breach to pay tribute to late senior IFS officer Dr S Manikandan on the occasion of National Forest Martyrs Day on Tuesday.
Patnaik took to Twitter to inform his hundreds of his followers about his new sand art creation. “#Tribute #ForestMartyrs #DrManikandan,IFS #ExFDNagarholeTigerReserve .My SandArt at puri beach,” he wrote.
Manikandan (45), who was the Conservator of Forests and Director of Nagarahole Tiger Reserve in Karnataka, died under tragic circumstances when he was attacked by a wild tusker in the jungles in March this year.
Manikandan had worked for 17 years in the field of forest and wildlife conservation. Coming from the life science background, he completed his B.Sc (Agriculture) (1989-1993) from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) followed by M.Sc and Ph.D. in Agricultural Entomology from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, New Delhi.
On the occasion, Forest and Wildlife Minister unveiled Martyrs Column at Forest Headquarters in Trivandrum of Kerala in recognition of exemplary valour and sacrifices made by forest personnel in various parts of the country in the presence of senior forest officers, frontline forest force and other staff.