Bhubaneswar-01/11/2017 (odisha samachar/Swarna Prava Nayak)- The Tourism Department of Odisha Government has invited applications from the Sand Artists of repute to participate in the International Sand Art Festival scheduled be held at Chandrabhaga Beach in Konark in Puri district from 1st to 5th December 2017.The aspirants are asked to submit their applications before 10 November, 2017. The details can be seen at www.odishatourism.gov.in or www.panthanivas.com .The selected Sand Artists will be required to display their Sand Art or Sculpture in the earmarked venue during the Konark Festival this year.Cash award of Rs. 1, 00,000, Rs 50, 000 and Rs. 25 000 willbe given to the artists who would secure 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions respectively in Solo and Double category. Besides, the women and differently-abled artists will be honoured with trophies.Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has been declared as the brand ambassador for the event.Odisha tourism has been organising this festival for last four years.