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Light and sound show launched at Sun Temple Konark

Bhubaneswar: 9/9/17:To attract more tourists to the historic Sun Temple at Konark, a Unesco world heritage site, the Odisha government today launched the light and sound show at the site.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the much-awaited 40-minute show and it will be presented in Odia, Hindi and English languages to inform the tourists about the rich history of the Black Pagoda. The amusement programme can be watched by as many as 250 persons at one time.

The India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), which executed the Konark project with help of the state government, incurred an investment of Rs 5.5 crore.

The audience will be provided with wireless headphones, the first of its kind facility in the country.

While Bollywood actor Kabir Bedi’s voice was recorded to narrate the historical and religious significance of the 13th century monument in English, actor Shekhar Suman and Ollywood veteran Bijay Mohanty lent their voices for the Hindi and Odia versions respectively.

The Konark temple is a gigantic chariot with elaborately carved stone wheels, pillars and walls. Every day, over 4,000 tourists visit the Sun Temple.

Worth mentioning, the state’s first light and sound show at Dhauli, had started in August 2015.

The light and sound show will be on daily between 7 pm and 8 pm barring Mondays and ticket price is Rs 30 per person, official sources said.

Notably, the ticket price and the seating capacity are likely to be increased later.

State Tourism and Culture minister Ashok Kumar Panda and local MLA Surendra Sethy were present on the occasion.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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