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Five-day twin annual events of Konark Festival and International Sand Art Festival will begin from December 1

Bhubaneswar:29/11/18 :Odisha’s prime coastal tourism hub of Konark will once again witness a global confluence of arts through the twin annual events of the Konark Festival of classical dance performances with the grand Sun Temple in the backdrop and the International Sand Art Festival.The five-day twin annual events of Konark Festival and International Sand Art Festival will begin from December 1.To convey the media press met was being organised by Tourism department ,tourism minister has grace the occasion as a guest and   secretary Vishal Dev,sand artist Sudrasan Pattnaik  and DilipTirkey

The five-day twin annual events of Konark Festival and International Sand Art Festival will begin from December 1.

Konark Festival 2018

The 30th edition of the Konark Festival being organised by Odisha Tourism will be held at the Open Air Auditorium with the magnificent Konark Sun Temple from 1st  – 5th December, between 6:00 and 8:30 pm.

The event showcases the best of India’s traditional and classical dance forms, besides offering interesting insights into the rich cultural heritage of the country.to day a press meet was conveyed to  inform details about the festival

A solitary splendour par excellence, folklore and mythology have created layers of legends shrouding the genesis of this world heritage monument built in the 13th century A.D. Leading exponents and dance enthusiasts of almost all main classical dance forms of India including Odissi, Bharatanatyam, Manipuri, Kathak, Kuchipudi and Sattriya take part in the five-day classical dance carnival, adding to the appeal of the event that has few parallels elsewhere.

While the 2017 event witnessed participation from Malaysia, a country bearing a deep cultural connect with India in general and Odisha in particular, this year anticipates participation from seven states including Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam, West Bengal, Gujarat and New Delhi, apart from troupes from within Odisha.

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International Sand Art Festival – 2018

The eighth edition of the International Sand Art Festival, with Padmashree Awardee and globally renowned sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik as its brand ambassador and chief curator, will be held coinciding with the Konark Festival, on the pristine Chandrabhaga Beach, three km away from the Sun Temple.

The event will span the entire day from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

The global competition will follow the established pattern of day-wise themes based on which participating artists will create their works.

The event of 2017 witnessed 59 artists from across India and an artist each from Mexico, Russia, Germany, Spain, Canada, Ghana, Sri Lanka & Singapore displaying their sand art across five days, during which a total of 520612 tourist footfalls were registered.

Carrying on from the excitement of Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018, this year’s themes include Sports apart from Heritage, Environment, Women Empowerment and Cultural Fairs and Festivals.

Other Attractions:

A wonderful Crafts Mela will be held near to the Chandrabhaga. At the Mela, beautiful sculptures and souvenirs made by the expert craftsmen of the region will be displayed and sold.

About Ashok Palit

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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