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Odisha: Konark Festival Commences, Chandrabhaga Dazzles With Finest Sand Artistry From Across The Globe

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02 December 2018


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Puri: Denizens thronged the soothing beach of Chandrabhaga to witness the renowned International Sand Art Festival and Konark Festival that kicked off on Saturday evening.

Culture minister Ashok Panda inaugurated the 29th edition of the open theatre Konark Festival on Saturday. “During the five-day festival, some eminent artistes from different parts of the country will perform,” Panda said.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took to twitter and said “The Konark Festival is set to mystify visitors with the finest classical dance forms and is a must to complete a trip to Odisha for Hockey World Cup 2018.”

Puri Collector Jyoti Prakash Das along with other official delegates were also present in the inaugural ceremony. From showcasing mesmerising Odissi dances to graceful Bharat Natyam and Kathak, this festival will go on for 5 days.

To promote Konark, several small programs have been arranged by district administration like book fair at Konark Urban Haat, a Meenabazar, a Cyclothon from Sun temple to Ramchandi for plastic-free environment, a mini marathon from the Black Pagoda to Chandrabhaga beach.To attract people a Meenabazar has also been set up.

Meanwhile, the international sand art festival will see participation of over 30 Indian and 101 international artists from Mexico, Spain, Singapore, France, Norway, Germany, the Netherland and the US, the Odisha Tourism Department said.

A total of 42 stalls have been placed for artists and every day will be a separate topic will be assigned for the sculptures. With renowned sand artist and Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi head Sudarsan Pattnaik as its brand ambassador, the festival has given a huge boost to the state's tourism. A separate gallery for him has been set up for his beautiful sand sculpture of Hockey World Cup.

CM wrote on Twitter, “Odisha has been a forerunner of intricate sand art and its serene beaches gives the art its perfect settings .The International Sand Art Festival at Chandrabhaga Beach, ensembles the finest artistry from across the globe at the UNESCO heritage site #Konark #FestiveOdisha.”

Apart from being a melange of diverse sand sculptures, the festival will also award the best sand art with a cash prize of Rs 1,00,000. The festival will run from December 1 to 5.

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Ashok Panda, Minister, State Culture And Tourism

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