Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 9:
The five-day International Sand Art Festival at Odisha’s Chandrabhaga beach will commence from December 1.
The objective of the festival, coinciding with Konark Festival, is to encourage the young sand artists of the state to display their masterpieces on the golden sands of the river which will help them to expose their artistic excellence and to promote Odisha tourism across the globe. The festival is aimed to attract more foreign and domestic tourist to the state in order to provide a major leap for tourism potential of Odisha.
“Steps will be taken to bring at least 10 renowned international sand artists along with more than 25 national level artists to participate in the festival. Besides, the winners of the festival held in previous years will also be eligible to participate,” LN Gupta, Principal Secretary, Tourism who chaired a meeting on the organisation of the festival said today.
Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) will be the executing agency for arrangement of about 35 stalls for the International and National Artists including women, disabled and differently challenged artists. The stalls will be ready by 30th November, he said.
It has been decided to have competitions amongst participants in order to bring quality and to boost the artists. This year, a competition among the women sand artists is also planned. Internationally acclaimed sand artist Padmashree Sudarsan Pattnaik will coordinate this festival.
“The festival has drawn global attention along with interest on state tourism potential previously which is expected to grow substantially,” said Pattnaik.
Among others Anil Kumar Samal, Director, Tourism, Satyajit Chakrabarti, Superintendent Engineer, OTDC and T K Parida, Secretary, Odisha Lalit Kala Academy were also present.