Coinciding with the annual Konark Festival, the state government has decided to organize an international sand art festival for the first time from December 1.
Also to be held in Konark, at its Chandrabhaga beach, the five-day event, being organized by the state tourism department, is expected to rope in artists from 10 foreign countries, apart from sculptors from Orissa and other states.
“It is for the first time that we have decided to invite foreign artists to create sculptures in Orissa. Nearly 10 overseas artists would take part in the event,” general manager of Orissa tourism development corporation (OTDC), Manoranjan Pattnaik told TOI. “Besides, we are making arrangements for participation of nearly 20 artists from different parts of the country. The objective is to promote sand art in the state,” he added.
State tourism department director Hari Shankar Upadhyay said, “There will be no competition among the participants, nor shall any awards be announced for them. Rather, the government will pay show-up fee to each and every participant.”
Sources said the department is planning to pay $200 per day for each foreign artist and Rs 2,000 a day to Indian sculptors. The government will bear the travel and accommodation expenses of all the participants, sources said.