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International Sand art festival on Chandrabhaga beach from Dec1

Posted on Nov 28, 11:28AM | UNI

As many as ten foreign artists of international repute along with 20 Indian artists will show case their sand art in the second edition of the five-day long International Sand Art Festival to be held on the Chandrabhaga beach, Konark from December 1.

Director Tourism H S Upadhaya told newspersons here today Benjamin Probanza from Mexico, Etual Ojeda from Spain, Jooheng Tan (Singapore), Benoit Dutherage (France), Elisabeth Kristensen (Norway) Ulrich (Germany)Damian Van Der Velden (Netherland)Brian Turnbough and Russel Lee Croft from USA will participate in the festival which would continue till December five.

All the ten foreign artists have participated and won awards in many international contests.

The sand art festival coinciding with the Konark dance festival will commence from December one next.

Sudarshan Patnaik who was chosen as the brand ambassador for the festival said though the sand art festival would begin from December one, the artists would start sculpturing sand art from November 28.

He said each of the artists would create three sand arts during the five-day festival.

While the artists would create an art with environment as the theme from November 28 to December one, on December 2 and 3 the theme of the art festival would be heritage and on December 4 and 5 the theme would be on ocean.

Mr Pattnaik said each artists would be given 10 ft high and they would create the art of their choice on 45 feet by 40 feet area on the beach.

The exhibition would be opened for the public from December one next.

In addition to the foreign artists eminent artists of the country including Vaibhav Chandrakant Katwate, Laxmi Nauraten Goud from Maharashtra, Ballabha Mohapatra, Sridhar Das, Ranjan Kumar Ganguli and Subala Mohara from Odisha are scheduled to participate in the festival.

The national sand artists, he said, will vie with each other to win the first, second and third prizes.

While the first prize carries a cash prize of Rs one lakh, the winner of the second prize will get Rs 50,000 and the artists who will bag the third position will be given a cash prize of Rs 30,000, Mr Pattnaik said.