Bhubaneswar, 29/11/2017 ( Odisha Samachar / Abhisek Mohanty )- : Odisha Tourism Department is gearing up to organise the five-day long Konark Festival and International Sand Art Festival from December 1.
Addressing a press conference regarding the mega festivals, Tourism Director Nitin B Jawale said, “As many as ten highly-acclaimed dance groups from the country and abroad have confirmed their participation in Konark festival. This year, two groups from Malaysia such as The
Temple of Fine Arts will perform Bharatnatyam and The Sutra Foundation led by maestro Ramli Ibrahim and group would perform Odissi. Besides, Odissi by Dona Ganguly & Group from Kolkata, Kathak by Nirupama Rajendra & Group,Kuchipudi by Vanashree Rao & Group, Manupuri by
Bimbabati & Group, Odissi by Kaishiki Mumbai, Mohiniattam by Kanak Rele & Group, Odissi by Guru Kelu Charan Mohapatra (GKCM) Odissi Research Centre and Nupur Dance Academy will be showcased during the festival.”
Similarly, the International Sand Art Festival will also be held alongside the Konark Festival like every year. The festival will have 8 international sand artists from France, Germany, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Canada, Russia, Mexico and 62 national sand artists. The national sand artists will take part in solo, duo, women and differently abled categories with 41 stalls to be erected, Jawale added.
A total of four counters have been opened, one each for India Tourism, First Aid, Fire Service and Police Control. Like previous year, this year also Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) has designed special tour packages for the Konark Festival and International Sand Art Festival. Details regarding the tour packages are available on Tourism Department’s website