The ninth version of the Worldwide Sand Artwork Pageant has begun on the Chandrabhaga Seashore of Konark in Odisha’s Puri district with adherence to authorities prescribed Covid-19 protocols.
About 70 artists from throughout the nation are set to participate within the much-awaited competition that gives a platform for each nationwide and worldwide sand artists to showcase their expertise.
The previous few years of the competition noticed enthusiastic participation from artists from nations like the US, Russia, Singapore and Italy. This yr, nonetheless, worldwide artists won’t be collaborating as a result of ongoing world Covid-19 pandemic.
Sudarsan Pattnaik, world-renowned sand artist and Padmashree Awardee, has been appointed as Chief Curator of the competition.
“I’m grateful to the tourism competition for permitting the occasion to happen regardless of the pandemic. Guests are being allowed to enter after thermal scanning and hand sanitisation. It’s a matter of nice pleasure to have the ability to host very proficient artists from throughout the nation. Though we’re fairly unhappy that we will be unable to host different artists, we’re hopeful that we are going to see their participation subsequent yr,” Pattnaik instructed ANI.
A number of measures have been taken to make sure that protocol is adopted in mild of the coronavirus, together with thermal scanning of tourists earlier than entry, hand sanitisation, social distancing and pre-registration of tourists.
Artists create sculptures primarily based on related themes like surroundings, tradition and nationwide and worldwide affairs. This yr, the primary themes of the sculptures are ‘Atmosphere’ and ‘Covid-19’.
Artists current on the occasion expressed their gratitude to the State Tourism Division, saying they have been glad to have a platform to showcase their artwork.
“Odisha is the one state within the nation that gives a nationwide and worldwide platform for this artwork kind and offers us respect as sand artists. Different states ought to study from Odisha and take extra initiatives alongside comparable traces to encourage artists,” mentioned Madurendra Kumar, a participant from Champaran.
Yearly, the competition is widely known with nice fervour within the first week of December as a part of the Konark Dance Pageant that’s organised throughout the identical time.
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